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Sharp of cheekbone and brief of song duration, the Bravery are a bunch of nauseatingly handsome New Yorkers poised to slip into the saddle vacated by the half-forgotten Strokes.

19th March, 2005

THE BRAVERY The Bravery (Polydor)

This debut is awesomely muscular and loud, yet simultaneously lean, wiry and economical. Borrowing liberally from New Order, the Stooges and, believe it or not, Duran Duran at their rockingest, it sets an electric pace from its first track ± Honest Mistake, a retread of Blue Monday ± and never lets up. Assisted by a vocoder, Sam Endicott sounds like he's singing through a straw for most of the album:...

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