Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jets veer off course


THE Mystery Jets are more riddle than rocket on sophomore release 21.
As the title would suggest, the album 21 sees the band maturing from the shambles that was the promising yet messy Making Dens.
However where songs like the brilliant Young Love, a pop-perfect duet with Laura Marling, and the eighties-tinged Two Doors Down show a band with a yearning for mainstream acceptance, others, like opener Hideaway, are a slipshod mix of increasingly-outmoded influences from to James to Phil Collins.
You get the feeling that this London five-piece are a bit of a a rubics cube - in the hands of a producer who's done this sort of thing before they'll slot into place, but until then they'll just be a frustration.

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