18 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bravery have proven themselves in a studio setting ever since their 2005 eponymous album debuted to rave reviews, but in a live environment they really bring it. Even naysayers of live recordings are going to have a difficult time finding fault with the quality of tracked takes from the band’s November 5th, 2009 concert at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. From opener “Unconditional” it’s obvious that the NYC quintet has a symbiotic relationship with their audience — the more the crowd gives, the more the band delivers — especially on the guitar solo here which is followed by an impassioned call-and-response between Sam Endicott and his fans on the “I just want love” part of the chorus. Have you ever fallen for a band only to find out that on stage their singer can’t croon in tune? Not the case here — if live singing were an Olympic event, Endicott could easily bring home the gold; just listen to him hit all those soaring notes with an effortless prowess on nouveau-wave anthem “Adored.” Twilight fans may be bummed that “Ours” didn’t make the set-list, but the band totally makes up for it by ending with a cinematic rendition of “Fearless.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bravery have proven themselves in a studio setting ever since their 2005 eponymous album debuted to rave reviews, but in a live environment they really bring it. Even naysayers of live recordings are going to have a difficult time finding fault with the quality of tracked takes from the band’s November 5th, 2009 concert at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. From opener “Unconditional” it’s obvious that the NYC quintet has a symbiotic relationship with their audience — the more the crowd gives, the more the band delivers — especially on the guitar solo here which is followed by an impassioned call-and-response between Sam Endicott and his fans on the “I just want love” part of the chorus. Have you ever fallen for a band only to find out that on stage their singer can’t croon in tune? Not the case here — if live singing were an Olympic event, Endicott could easily bring home the gold; just listen to him hit all those soaring notes with an effortless prowess on nouveau-wave anthem “Adored.” Twilight fans may be bummed that “Ours” didn’t make the set-list, but the band totally makes up for it by ending with a cinematic rendition of “Fearless.”

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