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Radlands [CD]

Mystery Jets Audio CD
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The Mystery Jets upcoming new album Serotonin, was recorded by Chris Thomas, legendary producer of Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure, the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy In The UK, John Cale’s Paris 1919 and Pulp’s Different Class. Needless to say, the band seem a little at awe in his presence. “He can hear things that none of us can hear,” whispers guitarist William ... Read more in Amazon's Mystery Jets Store

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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. You Had Me At Hello 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Someone Purer 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Greatest Hits 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Hale Bop 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Nothing 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Take Me Where The Roses Grow 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Lost In Austin 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Luminescence 4:480.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

As dramatic exits go, Kai Fish’s departure from Mystery Jets on the eve of their fourth album’s release had all the terrible flair of a teenager slamming the door on a startled parent. The Eel Pie Islanders’ charismatic bassist won plaudits with his solo effort from last year, Life in Monochrome, and, perhaps enjoying the taste of freedom that record afforded, opted to call it quits with his band of seven years at the beginning of April.

The news came as a hammer blow after album number three, 2010’s Serotonin, performed solidly but failed to build on the joyous plastic pop of Twenty One, sounding jaded in spite of a polished production job from Beatles/Roxy Music studio boffin Chris Thomas. Breaking with recent synth-pop form for a rock-oriented set recorded in Texas, then, Radlands sounds — on paper, at least — like one last roll of the dice from a band whose future seems increasingly up in the air.

Interesting, then, how lightly the band wears its troubles for the most part here — The Hale Bop’s country-shack disco shows off the band’s compulsive flair for melody in the best possible light, while You Had Me at Hello defies indie cred to pay deft homage to the Eagles. Mystery Jets are often at their best contemplating relationship politics — they’re basically the drunken scruffs that always seem to bumble their way into someone’s bed at parties in defiance of all odds — and Greatest Hits is no exception, being essentially a drawn-out argument with an ex about who gets what from the shared record collection. It will surely be allowed to stand as their best single since Two Doors Down, whatever its brazen cribbing from the Steve Miller Band (and brazen it is).

Sister Everett’s Hammond-drenched boogie sounds like an inspired mash-up between Honky Tonk Women and the band’s own Young Love. Someone Purer, meanwhile, is a rabble-rousing gem that would also sit proudly any future singles collection — destined to be the band’s only essential release, in the kindest possible way — but Lost in Austin’s crunchy epic labours the point somewhat. The band struggles to drum up the prerequisite gravitas for some of the slower material, although closer Luminescence does have a certain soul-baring charm (not to mention some alarmingly frank cocaine references).

While no longer the carefree creatures of their early records, Mystery Jets sound as bracingly hit-and-miss as they’ve ever done on Radlands, and for that much alone we can be thankful.

--Chris Bright

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, sensible, could even be their best. 13 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Now I'm not one to get angry at fellow reviewers on here, as I know some do. However, the BreakingMusic review - 'could this be the last we see of Mystery Jets? is it over?' - ...I'm sorry!? DID YOU LISTEN TO THIS? No one who can record You Had Me At Hello (soulful, breezy, reminiscent of Young Love in its confidence) or The Hale Bop (practically The Bee Gees) can split or end it all now. What a ridiculous statement. They are breezy and fantisiful as ever.

And yes, the album is excellent. It strolls through the first few, ebbing and flowing from haunting love song to confident indie rock hit. The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar is a touching moment early on, as is the title track. Serotonin, their most assured LP, had an air of claustrophobia about it, whereas Radlands knows what it is producing and what it is saying.

The album's centerpiece are the back-to-back Sister Everett and Lost In Austin. Both more rock numbers on the album, the touching choir on the end of the first leads well into the anthemic choruses on the second, and create a double-feature like a soundscape. Brilliant stuff. The closer, Luminescense, is a beautifully written track too, acoustic in form yet sometime sthe strongest numbers on this album are the stripped down ones. My one minor criticism of Radlands is sometimes it doesn't know how to end a track, yet repeating the bridge/solo part. This occurs on Someone Purer, Luminescence and Greatest Hits. This is fine when it works, but it drags out after a while on the album. This does not hinder what is a great 4th album from Mystery Jets, a grower for sure, and possibly their best yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radlands - Scotland 24 Jan 2014
By Si
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A small nugget of knowledge but if you didn't already know "Radlands" is what the Americans refer to as the place where they store their nuclear arsenal in Texas...

In England I believe we use Scotland (as far away from the riches of the commons as possible)..might possibly be why Scotland is having a referendum for independence as they want to sign the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty that Germany's on.
So if that goes ahead I imagine we'll send Trident to live in Northern Ireland..

Anyway the tape..

So a review of this album: If you need my opinion to help you decide on whether to purchase this tape then its probably not for you...

Unless you've never heard the Mystery Jets!

In which case I would thoroughly recommend getting up to speed with who they are by purchasing their prior releases in succession:

1)Making Dens.............2)21...........3)Seratonin...............Then Youtube "the Count & Sinden with the Mysetry Jetts" After Dark...

Then Buy This tape....

Each of their records are completely different in style and composition so listening to just one won't be enough to see they're unique style. I think they like the idea of completely playing across genres so that each time they give you something new that you couldn't have possibly expected..

If you spend a bit of time with these tapes you'll recognise that these guys have done fantastically well to make such excellent albums in such completely unique styles and in succession...

..But this is just my opinion, Jeff Capes may disagree..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service 23 Jan 2014
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This item was purchased as a present. After placing the order I was informed that the item had been despatched and arrived well packed before the designated delivery date. I would have no hesitation in recommending this distributer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 12 Jan 2014
By Susan
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This is the most beautiful album that was released in the last 20 years. It is a must for everybody who enjoys good songwriting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. 19 Nov 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is a must have essential for any mystery jets fan, radlands is one of there best and sounds incredible on vinyl!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apparently perfect 26 Mar 2013
By byzzle
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Bought on behalf of a friend for a granddaughter - and apparently it's wonderful and well received at the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars RADLANDS MYSTERY JETS 8 Dec 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery jets Radlands 27 Aug 2012
By jono
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Another great Album from mystery Jets!
Although there sound has diverted on this record! they have experimented with a kind of American 70's folk rock! & have pulled it off again.
In my opinion they go from strength to strength! & it seems there really enjoying themselves on this record.
I would highly recommend this Album! i bought it on vinyl' sounds fantastic With quality gatefold cover.

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