Album review: Brand New – ‘Daisy’

How rock grew up gracefully

Recovering emos [a]Brand New[/a] have taken doing things their own way to the point of invisibility, but their journey into the widescreen ether continues with yet another breathtakingly accomplished record. ‘Daisy’ is only a few per cent less amazing than ‘The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me’ and only marginally less of a downer. The understated ‘Bed’ is the closest music can probably get to the sound of crying; ‘Bought A Bride’ does the same thing but with anguished funereal post-rock. There’s pop, of sorts, on single ‘At The Bottom’, and epic closer ‘Noro’ proves that while there’s still a pop punk gene fighting to get out somewhere, it’s now part of the make-up of the most graceful rock band in America.

Dan Martin

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