Before I listened to this album, I was worried that I wouldn't like it as I'd heard they'd moved away from what made their album Twenty One, and I loved Twenty One! But although this album does have a different feel and style, it's simply a more mature sound and it's wonderful. Mystery Jets really know how to use synths to their advantage.
The opening song is brilliant, and the beginning leads you into a song, and a album that you know will not disappoint.
Some the songs just put a smile on my face: Show Me The Light has be the most uplifting song on this album. Lady Gray and Serotonin are also fantastic in doing this.
Mystery Jets show they can do ballads too with It's Too Late To Talk, which I can tell is heartfelt and has meaningful lyrics.
And who can't love Flash A Hungry Smile with lyrics like 'Have you heard all the birds and bee have all got STDs?' Sounds odd, but it's another excellent song.
The bonus track, Loose Lips Sink Ships, shows Mystery Jets still can make music with a very alternative sound, and sounds quite different from the rest of the album. This track is also very good though too!
This is a fantastic album to add to the other two previous fantastic albums. There is growth and maturity evident but the Mystery Jets flavour is still well and truly there. Great catchy songs, interesting arrangements and superb vocals. If you can catch them live I highly recommend it.
Serontonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter whose function as a central nervous system mood regulator, among others, has the capacity to make us glow from the inside out with love for the world and our fellow man. More feelgood-factor than X-Factor if you like! The title of Mystery Jets new album is, accordingly, entirely apt. This really is music to make you feel good.
I remain very fond of their 2008 release 'Twenty One'. It has the kind of energy which can make you grin and laugh and walk in a silly way. You really must listen to 'Half In Love With Elizabeth'. Please.
This new collection of eleven tracks doesn't mess about at all. These are very fine songs performed with care and conviction.
Blaine Harrison sings and plays guitar and keyboards and so does old friend William Rees; Kai Fish plays bass and Kapil Trivedi drums. Even Mr Harrison's dad Henry has an important part to play.
There's more than a whiff of Arcade Fire's visionary power in opening track 'Alice Springs' but there's plenty of space in the world for a composition as stirring as this whatever its pedigree!
'It's Too Late' is a gorgeous composition. Big tune, big harmonies and the cutest old-fashioned synthesiser sound imaginable. Mr Harrison howls beautifully at its heart! (I was very pleased as you can imagine...)
The effortless five-star quality continues with 'The Girl Is Gone'. The tick-tock beat keeps this marvelously simple melody on track from top to tail. (I had the strangest association whilst listening to it - McGuinness Flint's 1970 hit 'When I'm Dead and Gone' - something to do with this music's almost timeless ambience I'm sure!)
'Show Me The Light' is another cracker. You can dance to it. I did. Badly!
Final track 'Lorna Doone' emerges slowly from the swirling mists of its opening dirge to become the album's crowning glory. An emotionally uplifting song with a soaring falsetto vocal performance from Mr Harrison Jnr. Traces of popular music from five decades seem to have been compressed into one magisterial anthem to stir our blood and bring us strength and fortitude.