Wednesday, November 12, 2008

16. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

This album is dark and morose, but not in a "woe is me, my life is a black hole" kind of way; it's the themes visited here, the allegories and the context that give this album the maturity and depth I find missing from so many bands today.

From the Rudyard Kiping references on Sowing Season, to the biblical connotations of Millstone, Devil and God is filled with lyrics that make you think, make you feel and make you want to know more about the world around the songs. This album plays like a disjointed novel, like reading someone's deepest thoughts but not being able to reach the core of those thoughts. This is a good thing. The songs leave you thinking, wondering and asking yourself a lot of questions.

Devil and God is not an album to party to, it's not a record to throw on when you're looking to perk your day up. It's one that pulls you into its world and holds you there, sometimes against your will. If you think of music as food for thought, Devil and God is a veritable buffet.

Favorite song: Millstone
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