After that whole dance-post-punk thing really got off the ground a few years back with bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Killers getting all crazy big, New York's the Bravery kinda just missed the popularity boat and were often written off as trend-jumpers and Killers-wannabes. And while, yeah, they did actually sound like the aforementioned Mormon-fronted band, it seems like in hindsight they really got the short end of the stick since they're not so bad after all. Perhaps all those kneejerk comparisons are responsible for The Sun And The Moon being so varied, featuring ska-tinged numbers, acoustic jams with violin swells and a bunch of other musical curveballs while still maintaining enough danceable rock to satisfy fans. By no means a terrifically unique or fantastic sophomore album, it still manages to avoid mediocrity, and not just because our expectations were so low to begin with.
The Bravery rock the Opera House Monday (May 28).