After their 2nd album Sun and moon project, it was unclear which way the Bravery would jump, Stay Indie or embrace electronica?
The answer is both! Not in a long time have I been so pulled into the mood swings that "Stir the blood" provoke.
The opener "Adored" and the next couple of tracks including the single "slow poison" are fairly standard Bravery fair, its as you get into track 4 "Hate****" That this disc really grabs you, this is by far the most aggressive thing that Bravery have ever done and stunning it is.
From here on in though is where the treats really start, "I am your skin" is a lovely electronic piece, "she's so bendable"(first song to feature vocals of bassist Michael Hindert) reminds me of Lou Read , while "The Spectator" takes them into territories only hinted at before by the likes of "Tyrant" off the first CD."I have seen the future" carries on this fantastic quartet of tracks but, best of all is "Red hands and white knucles" with its thundering Stooges bassline and amazing use of Synths and sequencers is simply awesome! There are so many influences on this Album, that its hard to quantify,I can hear Tears for fears, Japan and other 80s influences and maybe The Bravery have never even heard of these groups but, Hell! It all works so well!
"Jack O Lantern man" is the 2nd stab of unexpected violence on this Album and comes as a reminder of how unpredictable these guys can be, Amazing.
Yet again, I doubt that Island will give this disc the promotion it deserves in the U.K,so take my advice, if you are even slightly interested in this band, Buy this disc!