14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bravery’s third studio album continues to mine gold from the veins of darkwave or electro-glam or postpunk disco or whatever they’re calling it now. Singer Sam Endicott may croon like a young Robert Smith (especially on the nouveau goth-pop hit “I Am Your Skin”), but instead of song titles like “The Lovecats,” “Friday I’m In Love,” or “Lovesong,” this album abounds with tunes named “Hatef*ck,” “Slow Poison” and the semi misogynous “She’s So Bendable.” Endicott stated in an interview that there are dark undertones to Stir the Blood because he was dealing with a lot of anger when writing these songs. But the music nicely contrasts the brooding with upbeat rhythms and contagiously uplifting pop hooks that make for a mostly danceable affair. Every part of the pulsing “Slow Poison” contains something undeniably infectious — it’s one of those songs with a beat and melody that are impossible to shy away from. The Bonus Track Version contains three worthy remixes of “Slow Poison.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bravery’s third studio album continues to mine gold from the veins of darkwave or electro-glam or postpunk disco or whatever they’re calling it now. Singer Sam Endicott may croon like a young Robert Smith (especially on the nouveau goth-pop hit “I Am Your Skin”), but instead of song titles like “The Lovecats,” “Friday I’m In Love,” or “Lovesong,” this album abounds with tunes named “Hatef*ck,” “Slow Poison” and the semi misogynous “She’s So Bendable.” Endicott stated in an interview that there are dark undertones to Stir the Blood because he was dealing with a lot of anger when writing these songs. But the music nicely contrasts the brooding with upbeat rhythms and contagiously uplifting pop hooks that make for a mostly danceable affair. Every part of the pulsing “Slow Poison” contains something undeniably infectious — it’s one of those songs with a beat and melody that are impossible to shy away from. The Bonus Track Version contains three worthy remixes of “Slow Poison.”

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