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Bringing some excitement back to life.,
This review is from: The Bravery [Special Packaging] (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!