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Stir the Blood

The Bravery

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Album Review

The Bravery tried to expand their new wave-inspired dance-rock on The Sun and the Moon with decidedly mixed results: for every experiment that broadened their music, another left them sounding completely out of their element. With Stir the Blood, they return to the style they know best — in fact, they may be even more emphatically shiny and electronic here than they were on their debut. Bravery frontman Sam Endicott co-produced the album with John Hill (who has also worked with Shakira and Santigold), and they coat Stir the Blood in a sheen that suits the band's more pop-oriented writing. These songs are pared down to the sharpest hooks and the most earworm-like choruses — all the better to let the fizzing electronics take over, especially on "I Have Seen the Future," which cruises along on a shuffle beat and laser-tag synths; meanwhile, "The Spectator"'s brooding comes wrapped in a sleek pop coating. When the Bravery switch to rock, as on "Hatef—k" and "Jack-O'-Lantern Man," Endicott's yelp gets a little strained. However, Stir the Blood's slower side allows the band to stretch a little without sounding forced. The single "Slow Poison" evokes Heroes-era Bowie, "She's So Bendable" reboots the fuzzed-out chug of the Velvet Underground, and "Sugar Pill" closes Stir the Blood with narcotic bliss. 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.

Customer Reviews

cut cut cutting me down

slow poison :)

SICK AS!

i love this albumn because all the songs are so unique and awesome, their so different then any other band i know, cant wait for their next albumn, should be as good if not better than this one. HECTIC AS!

Biography

Formed: 2003 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed during the height of New York City's post-punk revival in 2003, the Bravery took equal influence from dance music and stylish indie rock. Comprising Sam Endicott (vocals/guitar), John Conway (keyboards), Anthony Burulcich (drums), Michael Zakarin (guitar), and Mike H. (bass), the band got its start in early 2003, several years after Vassar College classmates Conway and Endicott (formerly of the Pasties) performed in the collegiate ska outfit Skabba the Hut. After relocating to the Big Apple,...
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