Science Fiction

Brand New - Science Fiction
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #11 / 725
User Score
Based on 637 ratings
2017 Ratings: #19
August 17, 2017 / Release Date
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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.
FearFlour
15
Giving it a 15 cuz that's Jesse's favorite number.
zachthesnack
98
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.
InsaneSwami
90
sad bangers
aaron
91
MY AOTY 2017:

90:
A masterpiece for its genre, its canvas of sound beautiful and rich while its words annoyingly flawed and not perfectedbut this itself mirrors the topic of the words, the life of a human being consumed by its surroundings. A deathconsciousness-y sound.

emo should be proud to have this, the time spent much like mbv did with loveless to shoegaze a sign that art takes time.

Update:
Its lost its shine in a lot of ways, and I wish I didn't enjoy this record as much as I do but ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/The Daily Beast
#11/Sputnikmusic
#83/Louder Than War

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