The Bravery - The Bravery
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

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  • Summary: Another hot, retro-sounding band based in New York? Is there some sort of factory churning these bands out? (Or in the case of The Bravery, a Factory?) The band's self-titled debut, preceded by the requisite buzz, utilizes a new wave-flavored sound which is also reminiscent of, oh, let's just say New Order and The Cure. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. 100
    This album really is just too good to be true. [Apr 2005, p.114]
  2. They don't sound too new, but their shuddering pop melodies and knack for smiling through gritted teeth might just make the Bravery the nation's favourite new band.
  3. 80
    This is a swaggering, unashamedly fun pop record. [May 2005, p.94]
  4. By the end of this brief guilty pleasure, the verdict rings clear: The Killers may have made better singles, but The Bravery made the better album.
  5. The Bravery do a jockier version of the New Wave competition, pumping the drums in straight-ahead tunes such as "An Honest Mistake" and "The Ring Song."
  6. We're reaching critical mass for new wave nostalgia, but we might have made room for your debut if there was something we could dance to. [#10, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 72
  2. Negative: 16 out of 72
  1. VolatileAcid
    Apr 1, 2005
    10
    Can;t believe this band are out of New York. I thought they were English. Regardless, they Rock, literally! amazing tunes, I had to buy the album (10/10) Expand
  2. carlos
    May 16, 2005
    10
    love it!!!!
  3. hgmmhm
    Nov 6, 2006
    10
    theyre the best band ever!!!!1
  4. Anouvong
    Apr 16, 2005
    9
    I don't understand what s so horrifically bad about it? Awesome riffs, sneering vocals, and a dance-ability rating off the scale, i think its rather good actually... Expand
  5. KellyK
    Apr 1, 2005
    8
    Heard them on XM 2 months ago. Loved Honest mistake from start. THey are a new band that needs to shape thier identity and show thier strengths as a musicians and they'll be around for a while. Expand
  6. MattH
    Mar 31, 2005
    5
    Despite the fact these guys have two potential hits in "An Honest Mistake" and "Unconditional", the amount of hype surrounding this band is completely unwarranted. This album is the most blatant style-over-substance effort in recent memory. Absent an ounce of genuine emotion, you are left with an insipid exercise in mediocrity. Listen to Bloc Party's Silent Alarm for some new new-wave stuff that is not utterly disposable. Expand
  7. Jake
    Apr 12, 2005
    0
    Wake me when it's over...

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