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Driven by some of their most hon­est and provoca­tive song­writ­ing, Brand New’s dark and dreary swan­song is the per­fect bul­let in their 18-year trip from pop­punk un­der­dogs to bonafide rock icons. Its acous­tic-heavy dy­nam­ics ebb and flow be­tween melan­choly and mad­ness, from the sludgy, slow-burn­ing Waste to the filthy, fiery blues rock re­splen­dency of 451. Vin­cent Ac­cardi and Jesse La­cie em­ploy their most con­ci­en­tious fret­work here. Hints of the band’s hy­per­me­lodic ori­gins shine on Can’t Get It Out and No Con­trol. Same Logic/ Teeth, 137 and In The Wa­ter are lit­tle rock op­eras of their own: fun-sized Floy­dian trips doused in ex­per­i­men­tal quips and gui­tar so­los that echo some of the most riv­et­ing in clas­sic rock. Eight years on from Daisy and al­most 18 from their in­cep­tion, Brand New have crafted an enig­matic emo jewel: light­ning in a bot­tle: mopey, manic light­ning. M.D.

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