Science Fiction

Brand New - Science Fiction
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #13 / 887
User Score
Based on 759 ratings
2017 Ratings: #33
Liked by 28 people
August 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Procrastinate! Music Traitors / Label
Indie Rock, Emo / Genres
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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

A.V. Club

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

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.
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.
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.

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

The Needle Drop
Brand New returns with a chilling, despondent sound.
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
Giving it a 15 cuz that's Jesse's favorite number.
This is emo alt rock at near perfection, if only this album wasnt downplayed due to Jesse being a cyber-rapist :/
This album is actually really great. Sucks that Jesse Lacey is a creep.
I used to listen to Brand New a lot when I was in high school. TDAGARIM was my go to emo album and I bumped it every time I had a breakup lol. They haven't really soured to me as a band after their big controversy, and their music still holds up strong in my mind. When Science Fiction dropped, I was amazed on how Brand New delivered on topping every album that they released prior to this. Deja Entendu wept, The Devil and God shook hands, and the Daisy fox ran back into the forest. I even ... read more
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Added on: August 17, 2017