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The Beginning By Sam Endicott

I grew up in DC and my life began with punk rock. I was all about the “harDCore” scene, Dischord records, DIY, and all that. Fugazi was my favorite band; I’ve seen them over 100 times.

John is from Santa Barbara. He surfs. He grew up on SoCal punk rock and 60’s reggae. He has an unsettlingly encyclopedic knowledge of early ... Read more in Amazon's The Bravery Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0007WL7AS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. An Honest Mistake
2. No Brakes
3. Fearless
4. Tyrant
5. Give In
6. Swollen Summer
7. Public Service Announcement
8. Out Of Line
9. Unconditional
10. Ring Song, The
11. Rites Of Spring

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This Limited Edition version is released in special packaging consisting of a silver-embossed gatefold card sleeve. The Bravery, who have been compared to The Cure and New Order, are one of the most heavily tipped acts of 2005. On debut album, The Bravery, their foundation of electro-pop and rock provides a springboard for a host subtly written mini masterpieces. This debut album includes the brilliant single, "An Honest Mistake".

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Like their fellow New Yorkers The Strokes, The Bravery recycle the music of their youth and add a modern sensibility (as well as a pin-up swagger). But whereas The Strokes focussed on the guitar-rock of the Velvet Underground and Television, The Bravery seem more interested in their New Wave colleagues. And so, they combine the club-friendly basslines of New Order (opening single "An Honest Mistake" could have just as easily as originated in Manchester as lower Manhattan), the synths of bands like Human League and the arch cockiness of Duran Duran. Plus, when singer Sam Endicott groans "All I want is everything / Everything that I'll ever be" at the beginning of "Give In", he seems to be channelling The Cure's Robert Smith in both sound and sentiment. As a tribute to the Me Decade, it's near perfect--slotting somewhere between the sexiness of The Strokes and the darker edge of The Faint. Even if it's not a particularly original album, The Bravery is undeniably catchy, from beginning to end. --Robert Burrow

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
It must be twenty years since I bought a record on its release date, after counting down the days, but I did it for this one on the strength of the 'Honest Mistake' single and some rave reviews, and I have not regretted it.
This is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard, with not a single duff track on it. Like some of the other crop of new acts the bass is prominent and tuneful and the drums are also a feature instead of just background, but the added ingredient here is some fine keyboard work.
Although it is true that the singer's voice sounds very like Robert Smith's, and on many of the songs the interaction of keyboard and bass is reminiscent of New Order, I do not think this is derivative: just a group of people playing the sort of music they enjoy. Fortunately for them its the sort of music that a lot of others are likely to enjoy too.
Ironically, the 'Honest Mistake' single is the one track where the singing does nto sound so much like Robert Smith and is perhaps more like Planet Earth-era Duran Duran, but the other tracks are are just as good, if not better.
If this album is not near the top of all the 'best of 2005' lists at the end of the year I will be very surprised, because it will take a lot to beat this collection of goth-inspired tunes.
One word about the 'special packaging limited edition': it means the CD comes in a cardboard case instead of a jewel case. The disc is the same and, inserted inside the cover, is exactly the same booklet as in the normal edition. There is a bonus 12th track (Hot Pursuit) but this appears on the standard CD as well. Great for collectors, but if you just want to enjoy the music it might be as well to go for the normal version. Apart from anything else it will fit in a CD rack more easily.
Or why not just buy both, so you have a spare for when you play the first one so much that the disc wear out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CK on 20 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Bravery are often compared to The Killers. Except they don't sound like them. The Killers' songs are slower with a more laid-back attitude towards the music. The Bravery has a real enthusiasm. Most of the tracks are bouncy, with a good rhythym that make you want to move. I defy you to listen through the album and not find your foot tapping at the end. The Bravery do have a lot in common with The Strokes. In fact, in 'Public Service Announcement' and 'The Ring Song', I could've sworn that Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas was singing.
Something that struck me about the album was how different the songs were in relation to each other. They all have clearly identifiable beats and riffs right from the first listen. I've bought some albums where you have to listen for months on end just to spot the song boundaries because they're so similar and even when you have you still get confused about which is which.
The Bravery may not be very original, but they are very good. If you want one of the best albums this year then buy this. You won't regret it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "olilittlewilz" on 21 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
After hearing "An Honest Mistake" way back in 2003, I knew that this would be a band to listen out for. I waited, and waited and waited, and finally in late 2004, the news of the Bravery album arrived.
Formed barely a year ago in their native New York, The Bravery are about to de-flower(s) Killers-obsessed indie nations across the globe. In a world where Hot Fuss seems to be the essential album, musically, The Bravery matches it 12 months on.
The album won't dissapoint. Kicking off with the stunning "An Honest Mistake", a tragic tale of post-twin towers love and loss, and then following through with the fantastic "No Breaks", a confession about life slipping out of control, ending with the line "I never know what I should do, can I leave it up to you". Needless to say, after the first listen you'll be hooked.
Naturally, The Bravery's mission is to provide us with thourough electro-indie/rock rather than engage us in deep emotional thought, but lyrically, The Bravery are superb.
Other tracks to listen out for are "Tyrant", "Fearless" and the fantastic "Unconditional". Without a doubt, The Bravery will become one of, if not THE biggest band of 2005.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
this is a great album, bought it on a spur of the moment because of the catchy 'Honest Mistake', and for once I havnt regretted buying an album for one single. Toe tapping rhythem throughout, cool guitar effects, generally a good all rounder - especially good for driving in the car!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I couldnt agree more with the positive reviews i read for this album. I am always a little weary about buying a record based on one amazing single. I first saw the bravery perform on a friday night show, and thankfully recorded it. Mesmorised by Sam Endicott's pleading performance the song grew on me very quickly and when I ordered it as cheaply as i could and once i received it i was already playing it in my car and LOVING some of the lyrics.
True- songs like 'hot pursuit', 'give in' and even 'unconditional' really do nothing for me- whereas i cant get enough of 'honest mistake', 'fearless', 'tyrant', 'swollen summer' and 'out of line'. These are for me the best tracks and i am forced to play them as loudly as possible while i drive to work. Since buying this album i have listened to it constantly; the way Endicott sings is so emotional and charged with a desperate melancholy and attitude. It evokes such a positive reaction within me that i dread the day when i finally have heard it too many times.
In conclusion, this album is just my cup of tea- it is original, despite some strange connections made to Duran duran and the killers; i personally only hear the bravery, and their unique style; it's an awesome first album.
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