Sound — 9
This album is probable one of the most overlooked of the year, which is a shame because it skillfully transposes stories of teenage love and life's mysteries in it's mind numbingly beautiful sound-scapes. With catchy synth riffs reminiscent of their self-title album they revisit a style they've clearly developed into a well thought out sound with interesting guitar licks, and simplistically genius bass riffs overlaid with sincere and honest vocals of Sam Endicott.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics uncannily flow with the well developed instrumental chorus. They do however repeat often throughout the course of one song. But there's little complaint because the vocals of Sam Endicott pull it off well. We even get to hear a beautiful acoustic side of a once tagged "Synth-Pop-Rock" group in the song "Tragedy Bound" with lyrics beautiful yet sorrowful lyrics, amplified by a well played acoustic guitar and string accompaniment.
Overall Impression — 10
I was nothing short of amazed with the the growth of The Bravery in this amazing and well developed album. They capture the ears and hearts of listeners in an imaginative and young sound-scape and you'll have trouble escaping. They have easily surpassed their own album and set a bar for the indie-rock/pop rock genres, The Killers should keep an eye out for this steam building band.