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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eat Sleep
  • ASIN: B00008KIZ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Sudden Death In Carolina 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mix Tape 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Failure By Design 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Last Chance To Lose Your Keys 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Logan To Government Centre 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The No Seatbelt Song 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Seventy Times 7 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Secondary 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Magazines 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Soco Amaretto Lime 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Somewhere along the road, the offshoot of American punk-rock commonly referred to as emotional hardcore stopped being about gut-churningly earnest bursts of angst and started being like Brand New's Your Favourite Weapon--an album of catchy, honey-sweet pop-punk tunes about what it's like to get together, break up and get together again with pretty girls. "This isn't high-school!" shrieks lead singer Jesse Lacey on "Last Chance to Lose Your Keys"--but it's pretty clear that Dawson's Creek-style affairs of the heart are the order of this day.

Musically, Brand New are a little more refined than their peers like Good Charlotte, handling minor-chord melancholy and fraught acoustic sections as well as they deal with the mosh-friendly chorus. Mind you, it's Brand New's skill at storytelling that makes this much more than an exercise in juvenilia: "Tell all the English boys you meet /About the American boy back in the States / The American boy you used to meet" goes "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad", a tenderly-observed story of a relationship conducted over transatlantic phone lines that's slowly, painfully hitting the skids. --Louis Pattison

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Keay on 9 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
'Your Favourite Weapon' should be revered as a masterpeice. Revered or not, a masterpiece is exactly what this is. Like t_i_m_h says, there's not a second of filler on here.
Musically, YFW is somewhere between Taking Back Sunday's dynamics (Jesse's an ex-member dontchaknow)and Midtown's eye for a tune, emotional without being nauseating & tuneful without being sickly, a taste for the discerning pallate.
Lyrically, it's a trip through past experiences; romance turned bad, friendships turned to animosity, but what sets Brand New ahead of the pack is Jesse's darkly comic, confessional and poetic lyrics, one moment chatty, like your best friends and the next as cutting as if you'd left him for his brother (or former bandmate in Seventy Times Seven, for the response listen to 'There's No I In Team' by TBS, where the ghost voices of 'Seventy...' can be heard in the background).
In an album this good it's hard to pick favourites but the standouts for me are 'Sudden Death in Carolina', 'Failure By Design' and the aforementioned 'Seventy Times Seven'.
Incidentally, Southern Comfort, Amaretto & Lime (topped with lemonade) is a great combo for summer evenings, and leaves you with a feeling not unlike the end of this album.
If you only buy one CD this month...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Parker VINE VOICE on 8 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Brand New have the melody of a band pushing for a major label deal - see the "we're not in high school" refrain on Last Chance To Lose Your Keys" - but break the mould of songs about having your heart broken; some songs are about wishing their ex-girlfriends were killed in a variety of horrifying ways. The no-seatbelt song is self explanatory and Jude Law and a semester abroad wishes a plane crash on an ex moving to the good old UK! Lyrically they kind of remind me of Alk3 mixed with Saves The Day. If you like pop-punk in the vein of the ataris but are looking for something that departs from their formula try this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cowley on 4 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a typically passionate Brand New fan, I feel obliged to defend this album against the people who deem it to be just another 'emo' album that bemoans the troubles of a middle class adolescent. There is no denying that this album holds true to such themes but it is the wit and originality of Jesse Lacey's lyrics, which makes this album remarkable.

The mark of a great poet is the ability to use common and perhaps even clichéd symbols in an original way and in'Your Favourite Weapon', this is exactly what you will find. Jesse Lacey has admitted that at the time of this release, the band were not as good musicians as they could have been and this is probably why it is often overlooked. However, the quality of lyrics, despite being about similar themes to the bands they are usually lumped in with, differentiate themselves from the genré. There is also a deep honesty about songs such as 'Seventy Times Seven', which adresses Jesse's best friend, Jonh Nolan of 'Taking Back Sunday', after he slept with his girlfriend and 'Soco Amoretto Lime', which aches pathos as it uncannily recreates the emotions a young adult feels, as he yearns to 'stay eighteen forever.'

That said, there is much to love musically about this album, with a range of catchy riffs, such as in 'Jude Law And The Semester Abroad' and more melodic songs such as 'The No Seatbelt Song". Mixtape is probably the best musically and shows signs of the style showcased in 'Deja Entendu'.

All in all this is a brilliant album and certainly a cut above all its competition. If you are a middle class teenager, then you will love this album and if not, there will definitely be a nostalgic feel to it that you can really appreciate too. Probably not the best 'Brand New' album but by far the best album of its genré and well worth listening to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "nice_fella" on 9 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was recommended Deja Entendu by amazon, so i downlaoded a song from the album. Not incredibly impressed i downloaded "Magazines" from Your Favourite Weapon and loved it!
I bought "Favourite Weapon" and after about 2 weeks of listening i really got into the lyrics . "The only broken hearted loser you'll ever need" ...genius, no really. Every song is a masterpiece there is not one bad song. Fans of Taking Back Sunday will blown away.The album is so emotional and Heart felt.Buy, please if i could but it for you all i would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "choosta" on 14 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
It is only to easy these days to buy an album and initially milk the best song to death on it and the move on to the next best ones, however if you work on that mentality, you're gonna be spoiled for choice with this cd, there are so many amazing songs. Jesse Lacey approaches the themes of heartbreak and let down with vengeance instead of whining, exporing ideas of his enemies dying in car crashes and choking to death! Even so this is extremely uplifting music, with very little material to make you depressed, songs like 'sudden death in carolina' and 'last chance to lose you keys' being my favourites, as well as live favourites 'jude law' and 'seventy times seven' kicking ass. The acoustic numbers are also amazing. If you have to buy an album right now, get this! Comparisons to Taking Back Sunday are inevitable but ive got albums by both and this is better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "dgilbert9000" on 27 Jun 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have had this album on import form america for over a year now, and i have have seen them live while supporting Finch. This album is a must have for anybody who likes catchy up-beat songs, with great riffs and great lyrics. I would totaly recomed this album to any one from new comers to this genre of music to classic rock lovers. It hasn't left my cd player in 8 months. BUY THIS ALBUM
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