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Call it rock with a New Wave edge or New Wave with a rock edge, the Bravery's music is darkly danceable and eminently catchy. Features the hit single 'An Honest Mistake'. Island. 2005.

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Forget for a moment the rumors that suggest the lead singer of this New York five-piece used to play in a ska outfit called, yes, Skabba the Hut. It's a given that a band that so brazenly apes the Strokes' scratchy vocals, Interpol's deep bass grooves and the Killers' shimmering new wave melodies is hardly concerned about being written off as unfashionably fashionable. In two years time the Bravery could very well be making robotic Afro-Cuban funk albums, or whatever other hipster style happens to be troubling the charts at the time, and it would suit them just fine. Right now, the group has the neo-post-punk thing nailed, complete with warm-fuzzy tunes like "An Honest Mistake" and "Unconditional," that, if nothing else, should at least manage lure a few more bodies onto the dance-floor. -- Aidin Vaziri

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0007QJ1LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By SJB on March 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
...everybody else this year. I was talking to a hot rock'n'roll chick of a certain age (totally married, as am I) the other night, both of us expressing guarded pleasure in the fact that it sounds like 1981 on all the most "cutting edge" stations. I expressed my affection for Interpol, and she asked "aren't they the ones who sound like Gang of Four?" I told her I thought she was thinking of Franz Ferdinand. Interpol sounds like Joy Division. The Strokes sound like the Buzzcocks. The Killers sound like (early) Duran Duran. LCD Soundsystem (usually) sound like The Fall. The Moving Units (often) sound like New Order. New Order is even starting to sound like New Order again, except when they sound like Joy Division.

And the Bravery? Sound like the Killers, and the singer sounds rather way too much like Robert Smith (of The Cure, in case you're 19 or living under a rock), which is a good thing since I wonder how much longer Mr. Smith will be able to manage it hiimself. Despite that--and the fact that track two of The Bravery sounds almost actionably close to track two on The Killers' debut, Hot Fuss, as if it were like a pastiche or something... :o)--it's tons of fun.

While it has nothing in my mind to rival the sheer, jump-around-your-attic-in-your-boxers-playing-air-guitar quality of say, Mr. Brightside or Somebody Told Me (by The Killers, just in case you're 40 or living under a rock), I can see myself growing to like the album as a whole more than Hot Fuss, as I find it less pretentious, forced, and calculated.

RECOMMENDED, but really kids, if you don't have any music by the artists who created this sound the first time around, go buy some; it's all remastered and sounds great all over again. Yes, dance music is ALLOWED to have guitars AND live drums.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Persh on April 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Depending on how you feel about the latest trend in alternative music I guess you can credit/blame The Strokes for starting a new wave revival of sorts. However you feel about, its quite apparent that the sound has arrived.

The Bravery are another in a recent wave of NYC new wave revivalists proceeded by The Strokes, Interpol, Ambulance LTD and a handful of UK acts and a band from Vegas.

Scoring more points for execution than originality The Bravery have definitely listened to a few New Order records in their day as witnessed in "An Honest Mistake", the lead track. However, when the songs are this good its easier to forgive the lack of originality and just enjoy the show.

"Unconditional" & "Give In" are also highlights on a record that's pretty solid from start to finish.

I'm not sure where The Bravery will be in 10 years or how long this new wave revival will last but as for the here and now in April 05 they sound pretty fresh and vibrant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Soh on April 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow, where do i begin...?

I never heard of these guys before and I chanced upon this album through a mate of mine. On first listen, several bands came to my mind... (and i can certainly see where all these comparisons came from). New Order... The Killers... The Cure... U2... The Smiths... Duran Duran...

These Electro-Rockers hail from New York and this is a solid debut album. These guys have been panned as unoriginal. So what if they sound like bands mentioned above? Heck, we enjoyed those bands then, so why not now? The way i see it, music has come full circle and seems like we're moving backwards in order to progress. People should stop being so snobbish and enjoy the music for what it is... (Let's see you put an album out and see how it does!)

The lead off track "Honest Mistake" is a catchy lil bugger with a right stylish music video. "Swollen Summer" is a frentic, dance friendly rock track that just makes you want to bop around and not care what everyone else thinks about what you're doing.

Other tracks like "Give In", "Public Service Announcement" and "Unconditional" are noteworthy tracks in a thoroughly enjoyable album. While these guys may not be coming up with anything "new", they make fun, catchy music. It's a polished rookie effort, considering they did everything themselves, from the artwork to the records to the videos...

I'd recommend this album to anyone who enjoys danceable rock music...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
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After listening to The Bravery's debut cd 20+ times, I enjoy it. More so than I did the first five times. It took a while to settle in, and it IS more than a little repetitive. But, the music falls into the Nu Wave category along with such peers as The Killers, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, The Music, Caesars, The Futureheads, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Arcade Fire, etc. This is a GOOD thing. The best songs here are certainly "An Honest Mistake" with it's Duran Duran meets U2 quality with New Order to boot. "No Brakes" a la A Flock Of Seagulls meets Soft Cell approach. "Unconditional" and "The Ring Song". The other seven tracks vary in quality with "Fearless", "Tyrant", "Public Service Announcement" and "Rites Of Spring" being second best choices. Yes, the debut could have stood some greater variation instrumentally, but the lyrics aren't as bad and forgettable as some of the other reviewers here would have you believe. Just think early Duran Duran and you'll be fine. I agree with some of the other reviewers that The Bravery's debut does show promise for future releases, however, it is debatable whether this band has the originality to persevere against other, more formidable bands like Coldplay. If you are a fan of 80's new wave and have been looking for more current artists reviving that era, you could do worse than pick up a copy of The Bravery.
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