released January 18, 2011
all instruments/vocals by Spencer Berger
written/recorded/mixed by Spencer Berger
mastered by Pete Lyman, Infrasonic Mastering
album cover photography and design by Kristoffer Miller
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TIME-OUT NEW YORK
"Top 5 Critics' Pick -- Auditorium is Spencer Berger, an ex-Metropolitan Opera Singer who weaves a beautiful tapestry of folk, indie, and glam rock…do yourself a favor and check out his Be Brave debut."
"Sunday" shared as best new song from the United States: tinyurl.com/ooj6uvw
I GUESS I'M FLOATING
“Completely alluring…As if he polished Bowie’s uncertain shrieks and hollers into a marbled, intrepid sheen. A feat in and of itself, Berger recorded the album entirely by himself while still producing something as grand, spacious and ambitious as Be Brave tends to be."
YOU AIN'T NO PICASSO
"Gentle pop bliss."
THE JUSTIN WAYNE SHOW
“The work of an introverted genius…A rich tapestry of heroism, hope and ultimately beautiful music…After five days of listening to it on repeat I’m still not bored.”
“A one man terror. He played all the parts, the most striking of which is his opera-trained voice, layered and woven into indelible harmonies and tucked neatly into velvety production. Full of whimsy and wit.”
“Be Brave comes on like a Bowie/Mercury lovechild, reminding the world that it once was cool to be grandiloquent, and could be again. This is bold music, and a bold statement for a debut LP, effortlessly rising to its own titular challenge.”
PIGEONS AND PLANES
"Really good stuff."
SICK OF THE RADIO
"Has a sound unto itself: part theatrical, part angelic. Berger's voice transcends average pop song vocals and rests itself comfortably on a higher plane. To say his voice is unique would be a serious understatement."
"[Berger] grew up on the stage of the Met and now sings acoustic tunes that frame his quivering, unearthly voice. Be Brave may be stripped back and simple, but it’s got variety to spare from the glammy 'Girls Will Love Your Lips' to the folksy dirge of 'New York Sky.'"
“I had one of those thrilling 'tell all your friends about this band immediately' moments that leads to a series of mass gchat and facebook linking. There’s an inherent and unrelenting beauty in Be Brave that is impossible to ignore.”
“Unique as hell…Berger creates a sound unlike anything else…Across all its tracks Berger imbues Be Brave with a sense of elegance and panache.”
"4 Stars…Extraordinary…Berger’s got a knack for making the most out of his minimalism…A most impressive first album, by any standard.”
“It’s like seeing something that gives you a better appreciation of life. Listening to Be Brave…you do end up feeling brave & uplifted.”
“Probably one of the best male vocalists I’ve ever heard in my life.”
"I reckon that it was genius."
BEST NEW BANDS
"A genre-defying stunner."
“Among the most creative [music] being produced today- a truly engaging sound that can’t be categorized by a genre.”
"One of the freshest releases of the year…Wonderfully engrossing.”
M MUSIC & MUSICIANS MAGAZINE
“There’s delicacy in his deft approach, with his sweeping vocals and ornate acoustic settings rekindling memories of Mike Love and the Beach Boys.”