|1. An Honest Mistake|
|2. No Brakes|
|5. Give In|
|6. Swollen Summer|
|7. Public Service Announcement|
|8. Out of Line|
|10. The Ring Song|
|11. Rites of Spring|
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.... Read more ›
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.
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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