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on 12 December 2009
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!
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on 27 December 2009
I cant help thinking that if The Bravery had released this the same time The Killers released Hot Fuss, they would be right up there with The Killers.Back then it was a case of The Killers or The Bravery??? There is not a duff track on this album - no filler - all killer (scuse the pun!). As someone else rightly said - if their record company promoted this they would have a massive hit on their hands, but its not going to happen...............so if anyone has ever remotely liked The Bravery's stuff - then BUY this - NOW! You wont be disappointed - I promise!
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on 4 September 2010
the bravery are back with a bang.its hard to believe this is only the third album from this excellent american band.stir the blood is a good mixture of fast dance punk songs littered with slower tracks towards the end of the album.sams vocals and the thudding bass sound are fantastic along with superb guitar work heavy drums and piercing keyboards.this album is without doubt a must for all bravery fans.looking forward to number 4 and the next visit to the uk from this excellent band.
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on 10 October 2011
After an excellent, strong debut in the UK with Honest Mistake and the self titled first album you'd be forgiven for thinking that this band no longer active, however this couldn't be further from the truth, the second album Sun & The Moon came and went in 2007 with no presence in this country which is a big shame.

Fast forward to 2009 and the same thing has happened again, this band have released an album that outstrips both previous outings by adding freshly retro electronic beats with some fantastic venomous lyrics that really show where the band were at the the time of the albums conception.

This album has hardly a weak track on it and should have gone on to great things i.e at least going Gold in Europe instead of barely selling a copy - had this record been released around 2005 I believe it would have achieved great things and changed the fortunes for The Bravery in the square eyes of the X Factor/Britain's Got Talent generation.
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on 7 October 2011
The Bravery are a tragically underrated band. This is a great album. It sounds like the first bravery album but with darker undertones. Their sound now reminds me of the better joy division songs, although the music is a bit more synth based than that. They are definitely an English sounding band, so yeah they sound good. Anyway I would highly recommend buying this album. Best songs on album IAMA: Hate fk(excellent slicing guitar), I Am you Skin (swirling synths), slow poison (this one grew on me), Sugar pill (infectious melancholy).

Also published by Island records who usually get it right, but for some reason really hard to get hold of in UK
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on 26 January 2013
If you like either elecro or just indie this will be highly enjoyable, think the Killers but more of a electro influence.
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on 1 March 2015
my son loves this
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