The Sun and the Moon The Bravery released their 2005 neo-new-wave debut in the wake of a virtual dance-rock armada (see: the Killers, the Rapture), grafting beats onto steroidal guitar… The Sun and the Moon The Bravery released their 2005 neo-new-wave debut in the wake of a virtual dance-rock armada (see: the Killers, the Rapture), grafting beats onto steroidal guitar… 2007-05-22 The Bravery Rock
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The Sun and the Moon (2007)

The Bravery | POINTS FOR BRAVERY Sun and the Moon finds the onetime It band standing tall with a solid pop album in the face of attacks by…
POINTS FOR BRAVERY Sun and the Moon finds the onetime It band standing tall with a solid pop album in the face of attacks by the hipsterati
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 22, 2007; Lead Performance: The Bravery; Genre: Rock

The Bravery released their 2005 neo-new-wave debut in the wake of a virtual dance-rock armada (see: the Killers, the Rapture), grafting beats onto steroidal guitar riffs. Labeled copycats, they quickly became persona non grata among the hipsterati. But The Sun and the Moon shows them weeding out the pogo-stick synth loops, favoring mid-'90s Britpop and early-'00s Strokes. The propulsive energy (and navel-gazing) is still there, channeled into stadium-size anthems and heartrending ballads. Too sappy for the cool kids, sure, but still a fine pop record. B+

Originally posted May 15, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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