The Sun and the Moon (The Bravery album)

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The Sun and the Moon
The Sun and The Moon.jpg
Studio album by The Bravery
Released May 22, 2007
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 39:37
Label Island, Polydor
Producer Brendan O'Brien
The Bravery chronology
The Bravery
(2005)The Bravery2005
The Sun and the Moon
(2007)
The Sun and the Moon Complete
(2008)The Sun and the Moon Complete2008
Singles from The Sun and the Moon
  1. "Time Won't Let Me Go"
    Released: March 27, 2007
  2. "Believe"
    Released: 2007

The Sun and the Moon is the second album by New York-based rock band The Bravery.[1] The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and released in the United States on May 22, 2007 (see 2007 in music).[2]

The album's title comes from lyrics in both "Angelina" and "The Ocean".

Sales and chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard 200, selling about 22,000 copies in its first week.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Sam Endicott.

  1. "Intro" – 0:28 (featuring Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 on the Moon version)
  2. "Believe" – 3:46
  3. "This Is Not the End" – 3:59
  4. "Every Word Is a Knife in My Ear" – 3:35
  5. "Bad Sun" – 4:02
  6. "Time Won't Let Me Go" – 4:11
  7. "Tragedy Bound" – 2:22
  8. "Fistful of Sand" – 3:10
  9. "Angelina" – 3:11
  10. "Split Me Wide Open" – 3:38
  11. "Above and Below" – 3:30
  12. "The Ocean" – 3:40

Bonus tracks/B-sides[edit]

  • "Rat in the Walls" – 3:03 (Best Buy bonus disc)
  • "Faces" – 2:56 (Best Buy bonus disc)
  • "Who Left Me Out?" – 2:33 (Newbury Comics/Rhino Records bonus disc)
  • "Sorrow" – 2:25 (Newbury Comics/Rhino Records bonus disc and "Time Won't Let Me Go" single)
  • "The Dandy (Rock)" – 3:33 (German iTunes Store)

Singles[edit]

Other non-album songs[edit]

The band's official website has been updating their websites with sneak peeks of the band warming up during their "Secret Shows" for acoustic renditions of the songs from the album, notably "This Is Not the End" and "Angelina".[4]

Personnel[edit]

  • Sam Endicott - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Michael Zakarin - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • John Conway - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Hindert - bass, backing vocals
  • Anthony Burulcich - drums, backing vocals

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
Pitchfork Media (1.8/10)[8]
PopMatters (6/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
Boston Globe (9/10)[11]

The album was received with mixed reviews. It currently holds a 62% on Metacritic with reviews such as the Boston Globe awarding the album a 9/10 and saying "This easily ranks among the top rock records of the year". Other publications, while giving it a positive review, said it was a slight slump compared to their self-titled debut, although noting the slump was not as great as those from the Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and Editors. Pitchfork Media wrote a scathing review, giving the album a low 1.8, and ending their angry review with the question "Have you no sense of decency, Bravery?".[12]

Popular culture[edit]

The song "Believe" has been used in numerous media:

The song "The Ocean" was featured in an episode of the TV series Grey's Anatomy on ABC.

The song "Above and Below" was featured in the end credits for the 2009 film Forget Me Not.

The song "Time Won't Let Me Go" was featured in NBC's TV series Las Vegas, season 5, episode 5, "Run Copper Run"; in the commercial for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers playoff game; and in the ending credits for the 2008 film Never Back Down.

A song by Bus Stop, from their self-titled album, is called "The Sun and the Moon" and was released as the album's first single.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bravery announce second album details". NME. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  2. ^ "2007's Best Bets: Best of the Rest of 12 Months of Tunes". Billboard. 
  3. ^ Katie Hasty, "Maroon 5 Nudges Linkin Park From Atop Billboard 200", Billboard.com, May 30, 2007.
  4. ^ "The Bravery - official website". 16 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Blender review
  7. ^ review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Boston Globe review
  12. ^ Adam Moerder, ", Pitchfork Media.com, May 31, 2007.
  13. ^ thatsthatish.com: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The VS. EP[1]

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