Science Fiction

Brand New - Science Fiction
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #15 / 838
User Score
Based on 690 ratings
2017 Ratings: #26
Liked by 19 people
August 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Indie Rock, Emo / Genres
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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.
80
AllMusic
A lifetime away from the Long Island quartet's emo and pop-punk origins, Science Fiction is a complex and nuanced beast of introspective indie rock and detailed production.
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.
Supertartory
100
Jesse was always scared of his past catching up to him, all the things he’d done reaching the surface and everyone hating him… and then it did.

Brand New are a sad story from front to back. We all know what happened to Jesse, and what he did in the past, and everyone hates him now. I’m not here to protect what he did, it was sick and messed up. He sexually manipulated minors when he was very much an adult, and that’s inexcusable. But I’m not here to talk about ... read more
FearFlour
15
Giving it a 15 cuz that's Jesse's favorite number.
zachthesnack
96
This is emo alt rock at near perfection, if only this album wasnt downplayed due to Jesse being a cyber-rapist :/
ElectricMess
90
This album is actually really great. Sucks that Jesse Lacey is a creep.
Jazpurz
100
I tried writing a review, but I can't get it out.
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Track List

  1. Lit Me Up
  2. Can’t Get It Out
  3. Waste
  4. Same Logic/Teeth
  5. Could Never Be Heaven
  6. 137
  7. Out of Mana
  8. In the Water
  9. Desert
  10. No Control
  11. 451
  12. Batter Up
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Added on: August 17, 2017