The Bravery

The Bravery - The Bravery - Album Review

The Bravery
The Bravery
(Loog Records)
Release Date: 14 March 2005

Currently the “buzz” band of the moment, after their The Unconditional EP The Bravery return with their debut album, and listening to this magic in audio format is beyond any expectations: a forty minutes recording is enough to understand why both sides of the Atlantic are crazy for them, and why they entirely deserve it. Starting with opener and first single An Honest Mistake, currently on

The Bravery - The Bravery - Album Review

every radio on the planet, the self-titled album kicks off with the unique style that only a few can afford without looking (or sounding) plain silly: basically, 80s cheesy made cool. Going through it song by song, the recurrent theme is the desperate desire and the loss of love, layers and layers of infectious keyboard riffs and chopped guitars – the whole of it surrounded at times by hilarious lyrics such as “And I know that’s why you love me, chica” (Fearless), “you put the broke in broken hearted, you put the art in retarted” (Public Service Announcement), and at times by sheer introspective thoughts “Me and the ocean, me and the sea, I don’t think so, I don’t think it was meant to be”. Stand-out track Unconditional is capable of sending the listener to heaven every time those 11 seconds of bass & synthesizer open the song, before the drums kick in. Bonus track Hot Pursuit is the album’s best kept secret, a serenade full of dark grace. Above all, it should be pointed out that frontman Sam Endicott is not only the singer and guitarist, but also the producer. And when, reading the credits, one realises that this is pretty much a home recording, the enthusiasm for The Bravery might well turn into madness.

http://www.thebravery.com

Giada Arnone



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