Monday, March 14, 2005

The Bravery released their self-titled debut

The Bravery

The Bravery

Released: March 14, 2005

Peak: 18 US, 5 UK

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK

Genre: post-punk revival


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. An Honest Mistake [3:39] (2/28/05, 97 US, 12 MR, 7 UK)
  2. No Brakes [3:04]
  3. Fearless [3:06] (5/23/05, 43 UK)
  4. Tyrant (Endicott, John Conway) [4:43]
  5. Give In [2:48]
  6. Swollen Summer [3:18]
  7. Public Service Announcement [3:35]
  8. Out of Line [3:04]
  9. Unconditional [3:21] (8/29/05, 34 MR, 49 UK)
  10. The Ring Song [3;25]
  11. Rites of Spring [3:21]
Songs by Sam Endicott unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 37:51

The Players:

  • Sam Endicott (vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Michael Zakarin (guitar, backing vocals)
  • John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals)
  • Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals)
  • Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals)


3.648 out of 5.00 (average of 37 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

The Bravery were a dance-influenced rock band that formed in New York City in 2003. They were one of the significant groups of the post-punk revival movement which also saw the rise of bands like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand. They had a promising debut with their self-titled 2005 release, but followed it up with only two more albums which failed to generate as much attention as the first one.

As far as that first album, though, it generated high praise from critics who pointed to the band as resembling its influences. Steve Sutherland of Uncut called it “one of the debuts of the year.” WK Pop Matters’ Nicholas Taylor praised the “danceable production and devil-may-care lyrics. WK All Music Guide’s MacKenzie Wilson said, “The Bravery isn’t sonically mind-blowing, but the new millennium new wave revival remains intriguing. This New York five-piece makes an interesting effort without it coming off contrived and dishonest.” WK

On the negative side, Robert Christgau called The Bravery “a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought.” WK Pitchfork’s Adam Moerder considered it an “unremarkable take on ‘80s new wave” WK with vocals that too closely resembled those of The Cure’s Robert Smith or Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon. WK He called it “rock made on an assembly line.” WK Even he, however, acknowledged songs like An Honest Mistake and Tyrant for their synth and vocal intricacies. WK

Notes: The Japanese edition included songs “Hot Pursuit” and “Hey Sunshiney Day” as well as videos for “Unconditional” and “An Honest Mistake.”

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First posted 3/9/2022.

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