That change comes mostly from the group's departure from synth-heavy songs: Gone are the bleepy electronics that made the song "An Honest Mistake" such a catchy hit. John Conway's keyboards are still prevalent on a few tracks (most notably, the fluttering psych-pop "Fistful of Sand"), but the Bravery relies more on its guitars and on developing strong melodies. Sam Endicott's voice soars on the passionate "Believe," and an airy whistle intro on "Bad Sun" captures a shimmering '60s feel that is echoed in the harmonizing "ba-ba-bas" on "Time Won't Let Me Go" and "Angelina."
Although "Sun" may make listeners more inclined to bob their heads than shake their booties, the Bravery's unwavering energy helps ground the group's sonic transition. As such, the slower, mopey "Tragedy Bound" saps the album's overall flow, but luckily, the track is barely longer than two minutes and doesn't detract too much from the rest of "Sun's" bouncy fervor.
-- Catherine P. Lewis