The Bravery

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although they sound British -- it's not hard to imagine this quintet driving their Rolls, on the wrong side of the road, down to the chip shop for a post-pub pick-me-up -- this much-talked-about group actually hails from New York. But despite the lack of Gotham grit in its grooves, the Bravery's much-anticipated debut does offer plenty to get excited about -- particularly for folks with a jones for old-school synth-rock at its moodiest. Like their homies in Interpol, the Bravery have a knack for romanticizing depression most evident on the failed-romance apologia "An Honest Mistake" and a slightly detached mien that's furthered by the cool delivery of frontman Sam ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although they sound British -- it's not hard to imagine this quintet driving their Rolls, on the wrong side of the road, down to the chip shop for a post-pub pick-me-up -- this much-talked-about group actually hails from New York. But despite the lack of Gotham grit in its grooves, the Bravery's much-anticipated debut does offer plenty to get excited about -- particularly for folks with a jones for old-school synth-rock at its moodiest. Like their homies in Interpol, the Bravery have a knack for romanticizing depression most evident on the failed-romance apologia "An Honest Mistake" and a slightly detached mien that's furthered by the cool delivery of frontman Sam Endicott. While the slithery bass lines and Berlin-esque keyboards hint at debauchery, there's a surprisingly non-degraded tone to a good many of these tunes, especially "The Ring Song," which seems to heap sincere praise on the institution of marriage. Like the Cure -- one of their most obvious influences -- the Bravery occasionally branch out into fluffy pop, which yields some disappointing results in the form of "Hot Pursuit" and "No Breaks." But when they wipe the smiles off their faces, as on "Swollen Summer" or the Bunnymen-esque "Unconditional," the results are bold enough to serve as a soundtrack for a brave, somewhat new, world.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Bravery's self-titled debut is a slick twist on '80s new wave and post-millennium modern rock. Those who've followed the Killers, stellastarr*, and the like will surely pounce on the Bravery's luscious synth-driven pop. The 11-song set, produced by the band's frontman, Sam Endicott, is playful and confident, unlike the stressful production of the Killers' Hot Fuss. Sure, obvious influences Duran Duran, the Smiths, the Cure carry the weight of this album, but it's without haste. An overcast backdrop dresses the trashy hints of love and desire, and cocksure moments such as "Public Service Announcement" and "No Brakes" showcase the Bravery's swagger with style. Endicott goes from sounding like a Robert Smith copycat "Tyrant" to a dirtier Julian Casablancas "Out of Line" and maintains a focused, fashionable dance sound. "Unconditional" soars with a sly guitar/keyboard two-step while "An Honest Mistake" saunters like classic New Order with its dark-hued mechanical energy. The Bravery isn't sonically mind-blowing, but the new millennium new wave revival remains intriguing. This New York five-piece makes an interesting effort without it coming off contrived and dishonest. Get ready to shake your hips!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 075021039797
  • Catalog Number: 000416302
  • Sales rank: 18,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 An Honest Mistake (3:39)
  2. 2 No Brakes (3:04)
  3. 3 Fearless (3:07)
  4. 4 Tyrant (4:44)
  5. 5 Give In (2:48)
  6. 6 Swollen Summer (3:18)
  7. 7 Public Service Announcement (3:34)
  8. 8 Out of Line (3:04)
  9. 9 Unconditional (3:19)
  10. 10 The Ring Song (3:28)
  11. 11 Rites of Spring (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bravery Primary Artist
Sam Endicott Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Anthony Burulcich Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
John Conway Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Group Member
Michael Zakarin Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Steve Laurie Drums
Mike Hindert Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Louis Marino Art Direction
Sam Endicott Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Nic Hard Engineer
John Conway Programming
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Excellent Debut

    I first heard The Bravery while listening to Yahoo! Music. The song was Unconditional, and it immediately drew me in. I had it running through my head for days afterwards, and so had to go buy the CD. I love every song on it. They're very talented and have a sound not unlike The Killers or Franz Ferdinand, both bands that I'm a fan of. If you like synthy pop-rock, I would definitely suggest this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting CD with different influenses apperent

    I really like this cd. I first heard them on MTV then i bought their album. I was VERY impressed! My favorite band is Franz Ferdinand and you will be shock in how similar the lead singer's voices are, especially in "An Honest Mistake". I would definately reccommend this cd to anyone who likes Franz or 80's pop music, you will LOVE THIS CD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll Want To Make This Mistake!

    I'd only heard like 10-15 seconds of their song "An Honest Mistake" and I def knew this music was right up my alley,and because their lead guitarist is really adoreable. -.- I drew a picture of him already,and if I do that it's a really big compliment! I totally LOVE Sam Endicott's tortured yelp and complaining whine,it's SOOOOO 80's,which I hated until now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful, refreshing and totally addictive

    I have yet to be disappointed with one of the songs. I can't wait to get this cd in my hands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    Absolutely addictive album! I doubt this will leave my cd player for quite a while. If you haven't heard 'The Bravery' you are SO missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We need music like this!

    I haven't heard music that i loved this much for a long time. I've so far only heard the singles, but they rock. It is rare that I enjoy a song being stuck in my head, but An Honest Mistake is ok. It makes me feel giddy, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no mistake here...

    oh my goodness. this is such great music. the singles are great, i cant wait to buy the album. i have no doubt its going to be awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw the video on MTV2....

    I saw the video this morning on MTV2, and I couldn't believe my ears. I'm still stuck in the 80's, love Depeche Mode, The Cure, and the like....so this CD will fit nicely into my "older" collection!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just you wait....

    this is deff the next big thing....all the glory of the killers with the dancabilty of franz ferdinand. Their sleek look and sound is bound to make anyone a fan. If there is a god, the bravery will make it to the top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Ok i got this cd as soon as I got home from school, and let me tell you, it rocks. If you like the killers and franz ferdinand, this cd's for you. Its a solid debut, and its a band with a lot going for it.

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