Published Nov 22, 20097. Brand New Daisy (Interscope)
Having stretched out their sound like a four-year old with a Slinky on 2006's The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, Long Island, NY's Brand New once again flipped the script on this wonderfully dense and claustrophobic record. With a poster boy singer and accessible sound, no band was better poised for pop stardom in the post-emo boom. Instead they chose to evolve and distance themselves from the scene that spawned them, adding rattling Jesus Lizard bass lines and distorted Tom Waits vocals to their sound this time out. In a genre rife with sound-alikes, Daisy is a breath of fresh air.