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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'sAnother 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. The Bravery treads the same well worn path as bands like The Smiths and The Cure but manages to avoid tripping on its roots by adding a unique personality.
  3. 80
    This is a swaggering, unashamedly fun pop record. [May 2005, p.94]
  4. While the Bravery are certainly not in league with the Strokes, Interpol, or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this record is a strong one with some unexpected surprises.
  5. If you’ve heard one song by The Bravery you’ve pretty much heard them all. The keyboard settings may change, as do the guitar FX pedals, but there’s a formula at work here and how much you get out of this record depends entirely on how interesting you find that formula.
  6. Where, say, Franz Ferdinand can fill dance floors with a jagged, arty sense of danger, the Bravery are more vanilla in their approach (read: They're Duran Duran). [May 2005, p.132]
  7. Endicott, who jumps skin from Julian Casablancas to Robert Smith to the guy from the Killers in just three tracks, has less charisma than a mustard plug.

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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 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 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 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 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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