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on 14 August 2009
Until an in-form and much-missed Idlewild return Messiah-like to our lives then those with a penchant for shouty Scots rock will have to content themselves with releases such as this. Despite many a lazy comparison with Frightened Rabbit and Twilight Sad, all these boys really share with their compatriots is a thick tongue and a desire to impress. Jetpack's (it's easier) brand of indie-rock is expansive and comes served with a generous helping of pop appeal not at all evident however on throbbing and menacing opener `It's Thunder And It's Lightning'. Starting in the fabled lull of the storm, it then introduces Thor's own drums to an anthemic, if lyrically limited, rouser.

These boys do not sound contemporary yet sing of the modern Scotland portrayed in the ever-reliable Red Tops. This opener sings of someone `punching out my lights', `Ships With Holes Will Sink' about the inevitability of `stab wounds' and possibly about the attraction of adhesives, though this could be lost in translation. Sadly, the latter of these tracks does not capture the primal excitement of the opener, nor does `Roll Up Your Sleeves', but they both lollop along happily in safe, quiet-loud country. Later, `Short Bursts' returns to the ring fists balled for an oddly patriotic call-to-arms that will do more for Scottish solidarity than which ever sport they're losing at this weekend. All this and they have still the time to combust with the power of Explosions In The Sky at its crescendo, confirming the post-rock influences that were suggested on the bubbling interlude `A Half Built House'.

`Conductor' returns the listen to sky-cracking grandiosity, all Arcade Fire bluster fed on a diet of raw, Northerly winds and withdrawn promises of future technology. The opening, acoustic bars of this track are as close as they come to fulfilling the mostly-misplaced Frightened Rabbit analogies. `Quiet Little Voices' is an irresistible showcase of hi-hat, indie-club toe-tappin', maybe overdone with encouragable `ooh oh a ohs'. Jetpack clearly know their peers and are not afraid to borrow Biffy Clyro's neat trick of repeating memorable lines first quietly and then IN CAPITALS. That they then choose to underline these with Kings of Leon's own whoopin' and a-hollerin' on `Moving Clocks Run Slow' is all the better. Right foot followed by the left foot they sing on the opener and These Four Walls closes in a reflective mood, a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, pensive walk home in the Scottish perma-drizzle. A walk home you'll notice. Jetpacks indeed.
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on 31 May 2012
This is the stuff that should be on the telly, radio, the stuff kids talk about at school etc. but it's relatively hidden away thanks to that soulless, shiny Cowell rubbish that swamps our lives. This is a wonderful record...proper music. Thank god (if there were one)for the many good Scots bands at present like these, Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit etc. Just hope they don't become Americanised.
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on 10 September 2009
This album has the ability to stir emotion. I find parts slightly saddening. I love their sound and style however I do find some songs can be slightly repetitive. Still, I think I'd struggle to get bored of the album. Have to love the Scottish twang as well!

In all, if you like Frightened Rabbit, you'll like these. Just about different enough to say they are not one and the same.
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on 31 October 2012
I got this album based on a lot of comparisons to Frightened Rabbit. As another reviewer pointed out, the accent is the only similarity. For anyone looking for a band like Frightened Rabbit, try Neutral Milk Hotel (though both are unique in their own way). I didn't think I'd listen to These Four Walls again after a few listens-songs very simplistic and lyrics repetitive-but that first song is a really catchy tune. Perhaps the rest of the album will grow on me.
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on 15 June 2009
I absolutely love this album! Bought it after hearing their first single 'Quiet Little Voices'. Was really impressed to find that all the tracks on the album are good, can't really single any out! the guys have done a good job on this one.
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on 13 January 2014
Just found my favourite new band, I'm going to go buy the newest one right now, can't believe I haven't heard of them before now!!!!
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on 9 September 2014
More high quality Scottish rock.
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on 25 January 2016
Great album.
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