Stir The Blood - The Bravery
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  • Summary: The third album for the New York City-based rock band was produced by John Hill.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. The Bravery’s adrenaline-rush, retro-new-wave/punk rock is back with a flourish. The album is a sonic high, but a mixed bag of lyrical ups and downs.
  2. Singer Sam Endicott's far more empathetic now that there's a reason behind all that rage.
  3. Even on its mellower moments, the Bravery sound more excited about making music on this album than they have since their debut, making Stir the Blood a fine return to form.
  4. With its techno beats, yowling vocals and laughably cliched lyrics, "I Am Your Skin" fumbles at being a love song, while "She's So Bendable" (the band's vision of Lou Reed fronting the Jesus And Mary Chain) is beyond generic. [Jan 2010, p. 92]
  5. Fine as hacks, they're somewhat less fine as humans.
  6. Peppered with aimless, pointless prog-rock, Stir The Blood wants to be fun and affecting, and the band’s failures in the latter regard destroy its ability to manage the former.
  7. Someone clinically extracts whatever trace of messy humanity made it through the first time the Bravery worked the nu-wave shtick, on their debut; Stir the Blood is a parodoxically bloodless listen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. May 30, 2012
    10
    Leave your nostalgia goggles at the door, and you will have a good time with this album. People always seem to compare The Bravery to otherLeave your nostalgia goggles at the door, and you will have a good time with this album. People always seem to compare The Bravery to other bands in lower scoring reviews, and I say this: Who cares? This album sounds much more refined than their previous work, and retains the catchy arrangements from their first album. The only difference here, is that it's harder to dance to, because that's what happens when your sources of inspiration for an album are the Joy Division and Depeche Mode. It's darker music, especially Hatef--k and Jack O' Lantern Man, however, overall the songs are not too much darker, but the style of this album is not the same kind of dance music their first album was so successful at being.

    Another fun fact is that among the circles of fans for The Bravery, is that Stir The Blood is generally considered to be their best work. Something to think about if this kind of music really gets you.

    The bottom line is that while I absolutely love this album, if you aren't into this kind of music, Stir the Blood is not going to help you appreciate it more. That being said, if you like this style of music, you would be missing out if you didn't get this album.
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  2. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    Great album. I do skip a few tracks, they're a little too slow for me but all in all I really like this album. This one is a bit more fuzzed.Great album. I do skip a few tracks, they're a little too slow for me but all in all I really like this album. This one is a bit more fuzzed. Not as raw and clean as the previous two. If you like the previous ones you'll like this one too. Expand