Might be my favorite album of all time. Daisy is not pretty like the other Brand New albums are, it's broken. And that's why it is so gripping and intense for me, you feel every raw emotion in every second of this masterpiece.
I went on a solo hike today (and helped fuel the stereotype of Brand New fans haha) and at the peak it randomly occurred to me that Daisy may indirectly be a reference to the character Daisy in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The band is from Long Island after all. It also may have a connection to the the character Daisy in the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" which is an optimistic adaption of a short story also by Fitzgerald. Just thought I'd share since it made me view this album in a different light.
Literally everything they did on TDAG is done better on Daisy, in my opinion. I love both records, but Daisy is on completely different level. I feel like this is the only album that has been the complete package for the band. TDAG was very slow, literary, and allusive, Deja was angsty emo, and Your Favorite Weapon is straight up pop punk. It's a progression entirely, and Daisy took everything they've done over the years, including their image, and perfected it. That's why I'd be pretty okay with this being their last record, I honestly can't see them progressing past this without making a drastic shift in sound or attitude.
I don't think it's their best but it's far from being crap, it has some awesome stuff in it. I don't know, it's just pretty different from everything they ever done so you have to disassociate from older stuff in order to enjoy, I guess?
I've always liked this album a lot, but lately it has just gotten to the point of legendary in my mind. Noro is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Right up there with TDAGARIM.
It's a grower in the most beautiful sense of the word.
i guess it's better than their other stuff, yeah, but it's also harder to listen to. the songs are so dark and 'heavy' that it feels like a burden to listen to all the way through. not that that's a bad thing or anything, though.