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Your Favourite Record
on 9 July 2003
'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...