- Science Fiction

Brand New - Science Fiction
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Rank: #8 / 510
USER SCORE
85
Based on
257 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

It culminates in this, the absolute apex of their perennially superlative songwriting. After nearly two decades of providing rehabilitative stories for their devotees, Brand New close their book with one for themselves.

100
Sputnikmusic

Regardless of the odds, Science Fiction is a bold, legend-making statement well worth the eight year wait. If it ends up being their swan song, then we can rest assured that Brand New is going out on their own terms: in peak form, bearing no regrets.

91
Consequence of Sound

Fans should take comfort in the fact that, despite often feeling out of control internally, Brand New were able to go out on their own terms and in such a way that proudly and effectively honors not only the humans and musicians they’ve become, but their career as a whole.

90
The Line of Best Fit
It's one of the rock albums of the year, and if it is the case - as is rumoured - that it's their last, then it's also a perfect swan song.
83
Pitchfork

Science Fiction doesn’t provide much joy beyond its mordant humor, but using the acidic feel of “old Brand New” as a counterpoint, it resonates longer, has more gravitas, and carries the weight of earned wisdom.

83
A.V. Club

Science Fiction feels like the culmination of the journey the band began just over a decade ago.

80
The Skinny
This is easily the Long Island band's most mature album, in that it acknowledges and improves on many of the band's past misdemeanours.
80
Drowned in Sound
The result is a slow-burning, highly confessional album (the therapy session clips that litter the record are no accident), which contains the most tightly constructed batch of Brand New songs yet.
70
Exclaim!

Science Fiction is a flawed yet beguiling record that keeps you hooked without offering the emotional payoff that we've come to expect.

70
The Needle Drop
Brand New returns with a chilling, despondent sound.
Aug 18, 2017
frienderman
92
holy shit
Aug 20, 2017
95
Everything you would expect in a masterful work of art, crafted by geniuses over 8 years. Album of the Year.
Aug 18, 2017
InsaneSwami
90
sad bangers
Aug 19, 2017
95
Their best album to date. Solid, dark, melodic, good production and good instrumentation. With references to their old records. The best way to say goodbye
Aug 23, 2017
lolikr
87
Well fuck me...
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Added on: August 17, 2017