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The Bravery’s third studio album continues to mine gold from the veins of darkwave or electro-glam or postpunk disco or whatever they’re calling it now. Singer Sam Endicott may croon like a young Robert Smith (especially on the nouveau goth-pop hit “I Am Your Skin”), but instead of song titles like “The Lovecats,” “Friday I’m In Love,” or “Lovesong,” this album abounds with tunes named “Hatef*ck,” “Slow Poison” and the semi misogynous “She’s So Bendable.” Endicott stated in an interview that there are dark undertones to Stir the Blood because he was dealing with a lot of anger when writing these songs. But the music nicely contrasts the brooding with upbeat rhythms and contagiously uplifting pop hooks that make for a mostly danceable affair. Every part of the pulsing “Slow Poison” contains something undeniably infectious — it’s one of those songs with a beat and melody that are impossible to shy away from. The Bonus Track Version contains three worthy remixes of “Slow Poison.”

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I'm a huge fan of The Bravery. I always felt that The Bravery stood out from other post-punk revival bands because they had a great sense of musicality. Though their lyrics may not always have been genius, I felt that they put a lot of effort into their composition and the sound that they produced always had a distinct feeling to it. The emotions that they wanted to convey through their lyrics were always conveyed through their composition as well, this I felt was the essence of why the band was great. I thought The Bravery and The Sun and the Moon were both great albums and I loved how the band tried out different sounds in each. I can appreciate that The Bravery wanted to, yet again, try something new for their third album however I feel like their essence is missing. The composition of almost every song on this album sounds similar- all you can hear is loud, clashing noises. I realize they wanted to convey anger, however using overdone, overlapping, and exessive synth beats seems like a cop-out to me. I felt like the band evolved in their second album when they mixed their synth style with orchestral backgrounds and infused vocal harmonies. I feel like the composition in this album regressed. Sam Endicott's vocals also seem to have deteriorated in this album, especially in comparison to Belive or The Ocean. The album does have some catchy tunes like Hatef--k and Red Hands & White Knuckles.

Overall what they've produced is nothing special leaving one of their biggest fans disappointed.

Sun & Moon

This album is OK... I can listen to all the songs but they just dont do much for me. I really liked The Sun & The Moon but Stir the Blood just doesnt compare. The Bravery changed their sound a little on this one without selling out, so I respect them for that.

Not Bad....

Wasn't even close to being as good as Sun and the Moon. I miss the sweet guitar parts and vocal harmonies. I still love The Bravery, but I was disappointed with this album.


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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