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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Long Island rock band was a surprise digital release and was produced by Mike Sapone. A physical release is expected in October.
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Can't Get It Out
As we glide over whatever We know to be over forever I really hope the shame is less Than what we feel in times of stress But I guess that that's... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Aug 22, 2017
    100
    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.
  2. Aug 22, 2017
    100
    As an approximation of the band’s legacy and a reckoning with Lacey’s vocation of confessionalism, this record feels made for them. Science Fiction feels like an Event, similar to the releases of To Pimp a Butterfly and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
  3. 91
    Brand New manage to reinvent themselves while also recapturing the essence of what’s made them so special and enduring.
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 27, 2017
    80
    There is much to savour here. If this is a swansong, it's most definitely a worthy one. [Nov 2017, p.104]
  5. Nov 7, 2017
    80
    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.
  6. 80
    Seething with anxiety and frontman Jesse Lacey’s trademark sarcastic self‑flagellation, and with a gorgeous production that gives the music space to breathe, it’s an emotional, intelligent work of grace and beauty.
  7. Aug 22, 2017
    70
    Science Fiction is a flawed yet beguiling record that keeps you hooked without offering the emotional payoff that we've come to expect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 12, 2017
    10
    Seething with anxiety and frontman Jesse Lacey’s trademark sarcastic self‑flagellation, and with a gorgeous production that gives the musicSeething with anxiety and frontman Jesse Lacey’s trademark sarcastic self‑flagellation, and with a gorgeous production that gives the music space to breathe, it’s an emotional, intelligent work of grace and beauty. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2017
    10
    The dark, brooding energy of Brand New's previous three albums is reincarnated into Science Fiction, a work so melancholy and distinct that itThe dark, brooding energy of Brand New's previous three albums is reincarnated into Science Fiction, a work so melancholy and distinct that it transfixes the listener and leaves them breathless. Nearly a decade in the making, this album proves continually to be worth the wait. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2017
    10
    An album well worth the 8 year wait. Hoping this isn't the end, but if it is, Brand new is going out on top. This is the kind of album thatAn album well worth the 8 year wait. Hoping this isn't the end, but if it is, Brand new is going out on top. This is the kind of album that was great on the first listen and has only gotten better with each subsequent listen. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2017
    10
    Arguably their best album, combines all elements from their past 4 albums and make this masterpiece. Seriously, this album is a grower, but itArguably their best album, combines all elements from their past 4 albums and make this masterpiece. Seriously, this album is a grower, but it exceeded all expectations of mine and blew me away. This is a must listen to if you're a fan of alternative rock, emo, post hardcore, indie rock, etc... Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2017
    10
    Fair warning: this could best be described as a Brand New album for Brand New fans. I'm not saying you won't enjoy it if you come into it withFair warning: this could best be described as a Brand New album for Brand New fans. I'm not saying you won't enjoy it if you come into it with no experience, or a passing notion of who Brand New are - quite the opposite even, the album can (and does, make no mistake) stand well enough to be enjoyed by anyone, I'd say - but if you're new to the band, if you've listened to Science Fiction and you've thought "it's good, but I don't think I fully get it", here's my suggestion. Go back and discover their prior discography, ignore Science Fiction, immerse yourself in it. YFW, DE, D&G, Daisy, the FOYD demos, maybe even check out a few live bootlegs. And after a while, give yourself a week or two maybe, as long as you need really, come back to this album. You may have enjoyed it before but after all that, you'll see what I mean. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2017
    9
    After 8 years in the making, expectations could be sky high, but having a surprise release balanced this out. Yet, they manage to exceed allAfter 8 years in the making, expectations could be sky high, but having a surprise release balanced this out. Yet, they manage to exceed all preconceived notions of what Brand New could do on their final album. It feels like a collage of everything they have done before, referencing previous material, and musical leanings reminiscent of their other albums. But newcomers can enjoy an amazing album, thanks to the production. I remember once reading that Jesse's favorite album was Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, a seminal incredible album. Now I see that influence on this album, not necessarily stylistically or musically, but on the level of craftsmanship.

    This is an album for fans and people who appreciate good music and aren't afraid of a few left turns along the way.
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  7. Sep 12, 2017
    7
    Its main interest point may be the metaphysical ideas and organization behind it that truly inspire contemplation, and it fully achievedIts main interest point may be the metaphysical ideas and organization behind it that truly inspire contemplation, and it fully achieved success with the consistent, smart, and trance-like timbre, which quizzically left the rather plain melodic shapes to come off as a bit odd and the attempt to sound grounded unique yet disenchanting. My Score: 133/180 (Solid) = 7.4/10 Expand

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