The Bravery The Bravery

The Bravery occupy that inoffensive middle ground of music in which they commit nothing egregious, yet nothing especially interesting, to tape. You might catch "An Honest Mistake” seeping out of the 40-year-old office clown’s computer because it "sounds a bit like New Order.” "Fearless” may appeal to the suburban student who’s "into the Killers.” No one’s excluded by the band’s heavy whiff of familiarity. And while there’s nothing particularly encouraging or disparaging to say about the Bravery, they should be reminded that a band isn’t contemporary-sounding simply because they use a synthesiser. (Island)