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Editors’ Notes

The Bravery’s first album thrilled “modern rock” fans who adored the ‘80s sounds of Duran Duran and the Cure, but their second, The Sun and The Moon, left the sheer fun behind and suffered a bit from the weight of anthem-styled seriousness. Here, the band creates a second version of The Sun and The Moon by taking the original tracks (which the band now calls The Sun) and adding complete re-recordings and noticeably different takes on the songs (which they now call The Moon), making them all available in one package. For fans of the very first Bravery album, the Moon versions might feel like coming home, with their heavy synths, bouncy bass lines, and big, reverb’d vocals returning to the modern rock sound. Two hit singles from The Sun, “Believe” and “Time Won’t Let Me Go,” could be hits all over again, vastly improved here with an electrified energy and a bit of grit, compared to their polished, original counterparts. The majority of songs benefit from new tempos and a brightened sound (especially “Bad Sun,” “This Is Not The End,” and “Ocean”), but the glassy, synth gloss in some cases relegates the guitars to the shadows (“Every Word Is A Knife...” and “Above and Below”), which may not appeal to some fans.

Customer Reviews

A Good Deal on a Good Album

Let me just say this right off the bat, the Bravery's debut album is an amazing piece of music, a throwback to the music of the '80s, with its sweet-as-honey synths and blistering guitar riffs, successfully reintroducing the essense of new wave into the next millenium. But perhaps "new wave revival" label was not all they had hoped would come from their critcally acclaimed debut album, made evident by the musical changes in their second album "The Sun and the Moon". Unfortunately, not everyone was happy with the shift in styles on the second album. While it did add some maturity and opened up some new direction for the band (including Sam Endicott getting rid of his jet black faux-hawk and eyeliner), it did remove some of the mentioned features that made the first album so impressive. Even I found myself disappointed, but that hardly made it a bad album. Anyway, here "The Sun and the Moon Complete" looks to appease those who were disappointed and dissatisfied by last year's album, by offering said album (now dubbed "The Sun") in its entirety, in addition to offering the same album reprogrammed, rerecorded, and remixed in its entirety (dubbed "The Moon"). For the most part, lead singer/songwriter Sam Endicott himself has layered a bunch of synths to the original recordings, hoping to restore the Bravery's original sound to the mix. It spins with mixed results. After a brief intro, the second half of the album starts out with the new version of "Believe", which is easily the one of the strongest track on the Sun side of the album. While it seems the mix has changed little from the original on the surface, a slight increase in tempo, some extra synths, the duel basslines, the new arrangement achieves wonders and injects an extra dose of energy into the clever songwriting. I might even go so far as to say that if this version of Believe were released as a single instead of the original, it might jumped up a few places on the charts. The single disappointment about this version of the song is that the original bassline, one of the best basslines I've heard in a long time, is unfortunately absent. Unlike the new version of Believe, "This Is Not the End" differs dramatically from the original, abandoning the swing feel for a straight up disco beat, accompanied by a booming octaval bass, the added synths, and a single Sam Endicott holding the entire thing together. The result is a much darker production than that of the original, and it is easily one of the best songs from the Moon. It sounds like it could've come straight from the band's self-titled album, and that is definitely a good thing. "Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear" is the first album misstep, which swaps all of the original instrumentals for an entirely synth-driven sound. Not such a great idea considering the original rocked enough to hold its own. A better idea would've been to just take all the synths from the Moon version and layer them on the original, similar to the Moon version of Believe. "Bad Sun" then follows in the same vein as "This Is Not the End", bringing out a softer version of Bravery's signature sound, and just manages to edge out the original thanks to its unique chorus. It's one song that's not to be judged by the 30 second preview. This is really the last good revision on the album, as the album creeps slowly to the end with some rather lazy and unoriginal synth-exclusive remixes that seem to exist out of both obligation and filler. The track that follows Bad Sun, "Time Won't Let Me Go" proves to be the worst of these remixes, especially considering how many creative ideas could've stemmed from this track. The tracks that follow don't get much better, and it seems like the album is doomed to end in an electronic mess, but thankfully, Endicott and the band take the helm once again at the very end and manage to close on a positive note with a chilled-out, yet powerful new take on "The Ocean". So you've got some good tracks and some not so good tracks, here's my plan on what to do with them all. Combine specific tracks from both sides of the album, and create the very best version of "The Sun and the Moon". I recommend... Intro (Moon Version) Believe (Moon Version) This Is Not the End (Moon Version) Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear (Sun Version) Bad Sun (Moon Version) Time Won't Let Me Go (Sun Version...or if you've got 99 cents left over, grab the amazing Live from SoHo version) Tragedy Bound (Sun Version) Fistful of Sand (Sun Version) Angelina (Sun Version) Split Me Wide Open (Sun Version) Above and Below (Moon Version) The Ocean (Moon Version) That part is just a matter of preference, but those are the tracks I think are definitely the strongest out of the two versions presented. It's quite a decent offer, and while "The Sun and the Moon" may not be the stronger of the Bravery's two official studio albums, "The Sun and the Moon Complete" does a darn good job of giving you a good selection of songs and showing you that, despite some weak tracks, they've still got exactly what made them great, through some handy editing on the part of Sam Endicott. In any case, if you're a Bravery fan and you haven't yet purchased "The Sun and the Moon", this is the time to pick up a solid release. And also, if getting the next Bravery album to return to full-fledged new wave revival means Endicott renewing the faux-hawk and reapplying the eyeliner, I'll take it.

Space Travel is for the Brave!

These guys have done a great job remixing these songs. I was a huge fan of their first two albums and I love the faux-80's feeling that I got from those songs. But the remixes are heavier in synths and ultimately more 80's-esque. I think it's obvious to say that anyone who loves the Bravery will love this album, but I said it anyhow. I suppose you could just call me Captain Obvious! The only song that didn't seem all that great to me was Above and Below(Moon Version) but even that one isn't that bad. I commend these guys on the Moon versions, you can truly feel the zero gravity and deep spaceyness in these songs.

okkk

these guys have done an icredeble job on their first and second album, but the mixes are just annoying and repetitive. And this is coming from someone that listens to them every day. I need new material, not remakes of great songs that were destroyed

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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