|The Bravery's Rivalry with The Killers Proves More Entertaining than Self-Titled Album
The Bravery/The Bravery
by Samantha Tetreault
The hype around NYCís latest rock band The Bravery is hard to ignore. The quintet has been gracing the covers of the hippest magazines and their latest "Honest Mistake" video is a shoe-in on every rock countdown. The self-titled album is 11 tracks long, but each one seems to blend into one giant 40 minute song. Singer Sam Endicott has mastered the broody, whiny style more commonly found in Dashboard Confessional songs, and vibes it with an 80's synth-pop background. "No Brakes" would be a perfect compliment for any John Huges-esque film, while "Public Service Announcement" teaches the importance of safety to the kiddies ("stop, drop, and roll/youíre on fire"). "Honest Mistake" is the obvious break-out single for the album, but itís "Fearless" that showcases the bands talent the best. Endicott and his band mates have the potential to break out from the 80's mold, but seem to play it safe with cheesy lyrics and repetitive guitar riffs. Give me insults about The Killers bassist over The Braveryís trying-too-hard-to-be-cool album any day.