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Album Review

Like many of-the-moment bands, the Bravery know that yesterday's trends are today's trash. And, like the band's former sparring partners and fellow new wave revivalists the Killers, the Bravery move away from the style that made them famous (or, at the very least, incorporate new sounds into their music) on their second album. Unlike the Killers, who cross-pollinated their love for Bruce Springsteen, U2, and the mythic American West into the rambling but intriguing Sam's Town, on The Sun and the Moon the Bravery try different ideas on for size, but don't commit enough to make them completely convincing. The band spends a significant chunk of the album trying to be as serious and earnest as they were stylish and giddy on The Bravery. On "Time Won't Let Me Go," they adopt a more mainstream rock sound, ditch the synths, and even name-drop Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" in the lyrics; "The Ocean" delivers strings, acoustic guitars, and all the other trappings of a formerly fun band getting too serious for their own good. Worst of all is "Tragedy Bound," a song about loving a damaged woman that has questionable lyrics like "I'm starting to suspect she likes the abuse." Elsewhere on The Sun and the Moon, the band delivers competent pop songs that fall just short of being truly memorable; "Bad Sun," which could pass for a Dandy Warhols B-side, is the best of the bunch. In between all of their attempted makeovers, the Bravery return to their bracing, '80s-inspired sound, albeit with sleeker, slicker production than on their debut. And while "Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear" is melodramatic and "Split Me Wide Open" is pure Cure pastiche, this is still the sound that the Bravery seem to feel the most, and do the best.

Customer Reviews

The Sun and The Moon and Everything Inbetween

I have just discovered this album, and The Bravery, and I am blown-away by the top-notch lyrics, hooks & songs that are on offer. I have yet to hear their debut, but, this, their sophomore-album , is anything but the "difficult second-lp" that many of their peers struggle to come to terms with. In a word, sublime! PS - if iTunes don't put a track up to buy, you should not berate the album, but iTunes, which I thought the rating system was designed for anyway!?!?!

oh yellow for the sun and blue for the moon...i get it

This album is all kinds of awesome. Admittedly things start off with a bang, but from 'Time Won't Let Me Go' onwards, things can start to sound a little bit the same. To do the middle tracks justice, listen to them a couple times so you can appreciate each song, and hey, the monotony eases off...or it could get worse...depending on how big a fan you are of The Bravery. Anyway, persevere because 'Above and Below' blew up my eardrums with 600% awesome, so hopefully it has that effect on you too. Overall, this has a less electro-synth vibe than the first album so it sounds less stylized, but The Sun and The Moon does have a more polished, refined sound. Oh, and if it pissed you off the Sam Endicott seemed to spend a lot more time moaning in the first album rather than singing, his skills really rock hard now. How can you tell? Because there's harmonizing now. That's right. Harmonizing.

'Angelina' Is now there!

Great to see we now have a fixed price of $16.99 and all the tracks! Thanks iTunes.


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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