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The Bravery

The Bravery: The BraveryThe Bravery (2005)
Island Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: RhiannonRhiannon
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On paper, you wouldn't think this would work. Five drunk but quite talented men from the East Coast get together in the post-9/11 fatalistic "we could die tomorrow so what the hell" attitude and decide to mix the influences of their punk background with the electronic noise created by their keybo.
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On paper, you wouldn't think this would work.

Five drunk but quite talented men from the East Coast get together in the post-9/11 fatalistic "we could die tomorrow so what the hell" attitude and decide to mix the influences of their punk background with the electronic noise created by their keyboardist John Conway - before anybody had even heard of Brandon Flowers.

And yet, The Bravery is an accomplished and exciting crossover record that is so 2005 it hurts, and is actually better than the Killers' Hot Fuss.

Opening track and second single "An Honest Mistake" (written about one of lead vocalist Sam Endicott's seemingly numerous ex-girlfriends) is classy and a great introduction to the album, despite being a little too polished for some people's liking. You start to feel that these guys are onto a good thing, and the feeling continues with the next few tracks - the relatively downbeat twangs of "No Brakes" and "Tyrant" (again about an ex!) contrast well with the thumping self-indugent ego-fest that is "Fearless."

The punk roots begin to rear their heads a little more on "Swollen Summer" (think the Ramones on absinthe having just been handed a synth) and "Public Service Announcement," a fun song that has an awesome backing vocal loop and an excellent hook - listen to it purely for the great guitar solo right at the end. These are followed by the epic melodies of "Out Of Line," possibly the most reminiscent and nostalgic of all the songs.

We reach the now almost-classic first single, "Unconditional," which I hope should need no introduction. In my opinion, it is the best song on the album and should have ended it, because as it is, the CD finishes on a bit of a down note with the enjoyable but relatively uninspiring "The Ring Song" and "Rites Of Spring" and possibly the worst song, "Hot Pursuit."

The Bravery, of course, have recently been surrounded by a fair bit of hype, which in a way is good, because it introduced them to the mainstream circuit, encouraging record sales (which whatever you think is actually not a bad thing if you're in their position) but also means some will not think said hype has been lived up to. And the band may of course self-destruct in their own reputation for being inebriated lotharios. Sam, at least, reveals that there is a little more to him in his lyrics, but with the others it is difficult to tell.

Speaking (or singing) of the lyrics, they are for the most part very good, and Endicott certainly has his own style (that unnerves only me, it would seem - it's very similar to mine) that suits these raw and emotional songs very well. His slightly strangled strains of "I just want / I just want love..." on "Unconditional" sound sincere, and there are some clever lines; "Me and the ocean / Me and the sea / I don't think so / I don't think it was meant to be" ("The Ring Song"), some heart-wrenching ones; "You opened my chest / And put that hurt in my eyes / Now I've got the pain I can turn to / When I wonder if I'm still alive" ("Rites Of Spring") and the obligatory random, hysterical ones; "Stop, drop and roll / You're on fire" (the incessently catchy chorus of "Public Service Announcement").

I have to mention that the basslines are just as good as the lyrics, and a good reason to buy the album in their own right (as well as a good reason to take up bass guitar). True, the band do essentially have two bassists - Endicott used to be a session bassist for hire and played with the Lincoln Conspiracy (apparently - he won't say) along with the band's regular bassist Mike H a.k.a. Dirt.

Left-handed Michael Zakarin's recognisable razor sharp guitar riffs give the music an individual sound that distinguishes the Bravery from their similar sounding peers in the new "rock/synth" movement, and the drumming from Anthony Burulcich is quality too.

So does the Bravery's debut live up to its hype? I think yes. The album is thoroughly exciting and enjoyable on many levels, and is not overly polished (the whole thing was recorded on an old iMac in Sam's apartment for around $7,000, according to NME) whilst still retaining a professional feel. The Bravery have shown themsleves to have a lot of potential (I can't wait for their second offering, and hope to see them live in May) and also that they have a wide appeal, opening them up to pop, rock and punk audiences alike. Widen your perspective on the 2005 music scene, and go buy this album.

 

 
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jazzyfella08 (November 9, 2009)

I'd be interested in hearing a review of The Sun and The Moon.

also, a review of their newest album would be neat.

Mafiachick1313 (September 10, 2007)

I Bought it cause of that honest mistake song. The rest are good

Anonymous (April 26, 2006)

Luv IT! Just great! The New Sound what I was looking for! Waiting for that next album!

Anonymous (February 24, 2006)

This is pure gold-start to finish. And no, I'm not a so called "child of the 80s".

Anonymous (February 24, 2006)

This is pure gold-start to finish. And no, I'm not a so called "child of the 80s".

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

The braverys album makes you want to get up and dance. The way sam sings is amazing and the beats behinde him are awsome.Rock on!!

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

hahahahaha the bravery r awsome and sam is f-ing awsome!!he has that vibe of morrissey of the smiths and the smiths r awsome the bravery is a good since of music now instead of the same crap!

tristan (July 10, 2005)

Holy wow. One barely engaging song and ten other steamers? Demerit points for the lyric: "You put the 'art' in retarted."

Anonymous (June 12, 2005)

sure they stole the killers' sound, but unlike the killers', these guys actually made a listenable album

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

who wants to bet that the folks who have posted poor reviews/low scores are younger than 30 & have no fuckin experience whatsoever with the original rise of 'alternative' in the 80s. shit, these dolts think nirvana invented the whole genre! i'd also bet these twats have never heard of wire, voivod, or the cramps.

anyone who lived the 80s alternative/punk seem to love these guys. i sure fuckin do

as for folks blathering on about 80s music sucking, this just proves that you didn't experience it first-hand. just go home & listen to your nirvana (it's past your curfew).

new wave & punk kicked/kicks ass still. it's is the most vibrant, creative music to be had. it was the push of alternative into the mainstream that totally fucked the whole system up.

give me joy division, old new order, jane's additction, pixies, and THE BRAVERY any day, any night.

anyone who says they value indie, alternative, punk should appreciate that THE BRAVERY jumped the cookie cutter line & reinvented themselves. they're talented, creative, great musicians (love the keys, vocals, bass, beat), solid lyricists...

i've bought the album, evangelized them to my friends, and will go to their shows this summer. they deserve attention, hype, whatever. i'm impressed with the solid album they produced.

to end, they're brilliant & i'm already anticipating their next release

~dharmahound

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

who wants to bet that the folks who have posted poor reviews/low scores are younger than 30 & have no fuckin experience whatsoever with the original rise of 'alternative' in the 80s. shit, these dolts think nirvana invented the whole genre! i'd also bet these twats have never heard of wire, voivod, or the cramps.

anyone who lived the 80s alternative/punk seem to love these guys. i sure fuckin do

as for folks blathering on about 80s music sucking, this just proves that you didn't experience it first-hand. just go home & listen to your nirvana (it's past your curfew).

new wave & punk kicked/kicks ass still. it's is the most vibrant, creative music to be had. it was the push of alternative into the mainstream that totally fucked the whole system up.

give me joy division, old new order, jane's additction, pixies, and THE BRAVERY any day, any night.

anyone who says they value indie, alternative, punk should appreciate that THE BRAVERY jumped the cookie cutter line & reinvented themselves. they're talented, creative, great musicians (love the keys, vocals, bass, beat), solid lyricists...

i've bought the album, evangelized them to my friends, and will go to their shows this summer. they deserve attention, hype, whatever. i'm impressed with the solid album they produced.

to end, they're brilliant & i'm already anticipating their next release

~dharmahound

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

ok cd, but don't even start with the Skabba the Hut shit..I don't get it..what's wrong with ska???? and whoever said that people can't be into different things in different times of their lives....give it a rest folks..and get a life....

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

Great shit but nothing like the Killers,they have nothin on THE BRAVERY...great sound,super catchy and fun to dance to dance or get wasted to..lol..

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

Freakin genius, really great 80's sounds revived for today..love it!

mg196 (April 12, 2005)

It would really help if some of you actually described the damn CD instead of using ridiculous analogies (mix the killers w/ a glass of shit?!).

First of all, the very first thing I thought when I saw the video was that the dude wants to be Morrissey. From the falsetto chorus to the pompadour, it SCREAMS Moz. Well, I guess you can't fault him for attempting to look like the best songwriter in the last 20 years.

As for the similarity to The Killers, I really dont see it. That Mr. Brightside song is possibly the worst Hot Fuss has to offer. Who the funk would want to imitate that?!

Hey, if a song is good then it's good. I don't give a crap about the genre. new Wave, No Wave, or Neu Wave.

I haven't heard the whole album but I like the first single. Maybe I'll throw $7 at Best Buy and listen to the whole thing. in the meantime, go get the Kings of Leon LP.

Anonymous (April 7, 2005)

Whoever is rotating their video on mtv2 needs to be hung up by his/her balls. This music died and should stay dead.

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

oh hush all u h8rz, kate moss luvs em! :)

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

boring music for boring people.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

I think I missed that meeting to.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

Wait till VCR releases their ep, then we can forget this. Score is for Bratcore by VCR!

Anonymous (April 4, 2005)

This does remind me of The killers, i mean yeah i bet there is ppl that like this kinda stuff so i wont bash on it, just not my fav at all...the video is clever though...i will never look at a domino piece the same way again

Anonymous (April 4, 2005)

Yeah, Blockbuster doesn't have much stock anymore. They won't stock more than a handful of new games or movies. Gone are the days of new release guarantees & available copies.

BeaArthur (April 4, 2005)

If this is the new shit, then bring back emo.

Anonymous (April 4, 2005)

surely it's worth the 6.99. skip it if it's a penny more.
-TOBB

FortyMinutesWest (April 3, 2005)

Was there some sort of meeting where we decided that shit like this was allowed to come back? I think I missed that vote.

This comment isn't lacking a rating, this band and its ilk get 0 stars.

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

This is not as bad as you all are making it out to be. It's worth the $6.99 at Best Buy.

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

the singer looks like a fat morrissey

prankish (April 3, 2005)

My only 80s psuedo revival what-the-fuck-ever-you-call-it indulgence is The Faint, and that's because they make me want to SHAKE MY GROOVE THING. The Bravery just make me want to shake the lead singer and tell him to shut up.

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

"To the douche du jour who said most don't remember the 80's. I unfortunately did remember that music & it blew then & still does. Not everyone on here is 12 you arrogant prick."

I am sure that you aren't 12. A twelve year old is much more lucid and profound than you could aspire to be, nimrod. You must be like 7. That is in IQ.

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

this reviewer is clearly a girl

xWileyx (April 3, 2005)

I cheched a few song its not bad while yes it does beat all the other news bands that sound like this it still has a way to go...

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

To the douche du jour who said most don't remember the 80's. I unfortunately did remember that music & it blew then & still does. Not everyone on here is 12 you arrogant prick.

pacer (April 3, 2005)

I can't believe this was posted by someone with a LOC tattoo. For shame.

This album blows, a year ago the singer had dreadlocks and was in a band called Skabba The Hut, this is some serious bandwagon jumping bullshit yo. And to suggest anything on this album touches any of the killers' singles is ridiculous.

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

This sounds like a fanboy peeing himself.

And saying something is better then the killers is more of a given thing then a compliment. You dont see everyone that writes a Blood Brothers review saying that they are better then Senses Fail. Its just something that any good record should be.

I never heard this, but this lameass review doesnt make me want to.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

does anyone else think this review sounds like it was written by an island PR person??

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

"Hmmmmmmmm what to say, mix the killers with a glass of shit (if thats possible) add a drum machine and a lead singer who wants to be Morrissey and you have this band!

Fuck Dominoes"

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought he sounded like he was trying to be Morrissey but much suckier.

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

I saw this band when I was flipping through channels on MTV. All I could see were a bunch of dudes trying to be The Cure. I don't care who you are, face-paint style makeup is for losers.

-Jesse

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

First off, most of you jerk-offs were in diapers in the 80's the first time, so shut the hell up! What you remember is the mid to late 90's revival of the 80's which was annoying as hell, even to those of us who remember the 80's fondly. Second off, this singer doesn't want to be Morrissey. He clearly wants to be Robert Smith. And third off, this is not a great band or CD. But it is listenable.

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

honestly, 4 stars? you can't really be that stupid.

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

Hmmmmmmmm what to say, mix the killers with a glass of shit (if thats possible) add a drum machine and a lead singer who wants to be Morrissey and you have this band!

Fuck Dominoes

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

All I've heard is thst song "Honest Mistake", and I'm not impressed.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

This band blows! I hated the 80's the 1st time around. I hope these guys choke on aspargus spears.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

can none of you assholes see through this shit?

a new york band starts a year ago, give themselves a "the" name, dress like everyone else that NME wants to blow, play shitty, derivative and safe music that's guarenteed to have all the hipster disco kids gizzing themselves

fuck that

bemused (April 1, 2005)

I agree with the comments below, the Bloc party cd owns to the nth. Wanna check this out to

-Chris-

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Hmmm.

It's not bad, but, I dunno. The vocals...they seem boring.

If we're going to compare The Bravery to The Killers, The Killers at least have a more charisimatic singer.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Say what you will about this band but their video is fucking brilliant... I never knew dominoes could be so cool.

ElVaquero (April 1, 2005)

I liked the single, "Unconditional" a lot, but the rest of the album is weak as all hell.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

i think the early 2000's are gonna go down as the worse period for music. does every band have to suck?

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

The music is boring, but I'm giving it 3 stars, because this band is so fucking pretty it's ridiculous.

$7,000 sounds about right, because they spent the rest of the million dollars they got to record this on hair products and vintage clothes.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Bravery form about a year ago? I'm pretty sure the Killers were around before that because I saw them as an opening act a couple of times. Your first paragraph is poop. The video for "Honest Mistake" is awesome though.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

if this is the best ny can give us

and quotsa is the best l.a. can give us

i'll take l.a.

-the other scott

Inspection12e (April 1, 2005)

Boring

SethCohen (April 1, 2005)

I'd heard of Brandon Flowers a looooong time ago. Way before The Killers. So you lied.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

dischord should sue this band for using the name of such an awesome band for a shitty song.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

The Bloc Party CD is amazing

stevejonestherealbones (April 1, 2005)

i said bravery wouldnt have a record without the killers...but that is misleading.....niether would have a record without the 80's bands they all rip off so hard

- j the fuck off

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Dataclast would eat these toddlers for breakfast.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

I think that Bloc Party is a tad overrated.

Anchors (April 1, 2005)

So I went to Blockbuster to rent MVP 2005, Tekken 5, and God of War, and they didn't have any of them. But half a year later, they still have 356 copies of San Andreas.

Seriously, fuck that.

siropsycho (April 1, 2005)

score is for MVP 2005

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Do yourself a favor and listen to Bloc Party.
www.bangupjob.blogspot.com

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

"And yet, The Bravery is an accomplished and exciting crossover record that is so 2005 it hurts, and is actually better than the Killers' Hot Fuss. "

I don't think it's hard to believe that anything is better than hot fuss.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Fuck scott and what he thinks, i actually dig this well worth a pick up-oldpunker-

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

2nd wave new wave is the worst

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Brandon from The Killers even said that "The Bravery wouldn't be big if we weren't around" because they sound pretty similar.

Joe

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

"almost classic first single"

ha

score is for the killers

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

play MVP 2005 and you'll hear how badly they suck

stevejonestherealbones (April 1, 2005)

the only reason this band has a record is the killers....that is not a good thing.

- jones the bones

- also...skabba the hut anyone?

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

A bold claim saying this is better than the Killers, and if you take out the song hot pursuit, I would agree with it. The video for an honest mistake is pretty creative too. Solid cd. Long live the Mitch Hedberg

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

The lead singer was originally in a band called Skabba the Hutt.

'Nuff said.

joeg (April 1, 2005)

all hype and no substance. sorry fanboy, i'll pass on the nu wave.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Score is for the complete lack of reviews by Jesse today.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

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Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

Anyway else think the singer looks like Shiflett from the Foo's? The hook in the chorus for that current single is amazing, but it can't save the song, nor can it warrant the existence of another new new wave band.

Barkley

maverick (April 1, 2005)

Shit sandwich. See AP 201's New Releases section to see what I thought of this CD.

-Scott

inagreendase (April 1, 2005)

Nope. I got a sampler of this and it was the most uninspired, boring thing to come out of this new wave (pun fully intended) of bands.

And this isn't the first place I've heard that ska rumor, either. If it holds true I guess these guys barely catch the wagon every time.

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