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Review by Breakingmusic.co.uk
on 6 May 2012
So the Mystery Jets, set off to discover themselves in Texas, and to be honest when I read their psycho-babble about wanting to be "as far away from everything we knew" I huffed and said, yeah so what, isn't that what everyone wants, in fact I thought isn't that why we fall in love with bands and artists in the first place, I want a band to take me somewhere, and that means that they need to know where they are... does that make sense ?
So, I put on the fourth album from the Mystery Jets, recorded in the shag end of Texas while they "discover" themselves which opens with title track "radlands", it has a quickened bluesy guitar intro and a clean cut vocal, slightly reminiscent of bands like "the national" and then it opens up to a half hearted blandish country rock that seems neither one thing or another.
Austin, Texas is a long way from Twickenham, and this four piece former indie-pop power house seem a long way from the juicy, boys-next-door, whimsy of their 2008 album smash twenty one, with tracks like "two doors down" and "young love" blasting along like wombats Loose in London.
But then, still listening I find myself into "Someone Purer" which despite being a little slushy has a neat hook and some great guitar work, it has a nicer pace than the opening tracks which plays nicely against the drawn vocal, and I begin to think maybe they have developed into something new, despite the decision to spend the last minute of the song simply hooping and la-la-ing to themselves.
So now I am hooked.... Get as far as "Greatest Hits" and your into the muscle of the album, it's casual whimsy is refreshing considering the style of the album in general. This continues through "Hale Bop" and "Sister Everett" then finally they hit on something awesome !
"Lost In Austin" is a wide anthem and vocally brilliant, this power house, brings the album to a close superbly, screaming "take me to the end" and smoothing out some bubbly guitar layers this really pulls you in. The album closes with the discrete and heart felt, tender breakdown "luminescence" It's neat and tidy, with cool harmony and a dynamic lyric.
Is this the last we will see of the indie, stylistic, buble-gum, cheeky retro-pop Mystery Jets ? Who knows, but this is a great end to an average album, it all just seems over a bit quick.