April 11, 2005

The Bravery "the bravery"

I can’t say I’m surprised that this record’s getting a lot of attention. We’re talkin’ about the American answer to Hot Hot Heat and Franz Ferdinand-a highly energetic dance-oriented rock band with lovely vocals that remind you of the 1980s, made for the cash flow of kids who weren’t even born until 1991. Okay, maybe that’s a bit cynical, but really, I’m ambivalent on this sort of thing. Sure, The Bravery sounds good, but that’s perhaps the greatest flaw-it sounds good. Then again, it’s supposed to sound good. There’s nothing underneath, though, is there? It’s great ear candy, and songs like “Out of Line,” “Fearless” and “An Honest Mistake” are catchy as all get-out. Not original at all--if you want originality, stick with the bands they imitate--but if you want to have a fun listen, then you can't go wrong here.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.thebravery.com
Label Website: http://www.islandrecords.com

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