Radlands - Mystery Jets

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    Bright, snappy and instantly infectious hooks. [Jun 2012, p.84]
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    Not a reinvention so much as an enjoyable detour, Radlands is a set of aural postcards from the Lone Star State that demonstrates just how much good a working vacation can do.
  3. May 10, 2012
    This has turned out to be the album of their career.
  4. May 3, 2012
    Miles away from the poppy happy clappy smiley lovey dovey vibes of Twenty One or epic choruses of Serotonin, Radlands displays a new direction and confidence.
  5. A mature, reflective, intelligent, Americana-inflected [album].
  6. Apr 30, 2012
    The results are almost always convincing.
  7. Apr 30, 2012
    Simply a superb collection of beautifully captured moments and suggests that Mystery Jets are going to be making great music for a very long time.
  8. Apr 27, 2012
    Their boldest and most fantastically frisky record to date.
  9. Apr 27, 2012
    There's more emphasis on guitars, and they appear to have ingested a whole load of pharmaceuticals, but at heart they're a great pop band, and their ability to write a heart-rending tune certainly hasn't been hampered.
  10. Apr 27, 2012
    [There are no] outstandingly bad offerings, just several more forgettable ones than can be briskly ignored.
  11. Jun 7, 2012
    The problem with Radlands is that, armed with the potential to go wild with a new bag of tricks, Mystery Jets often become as conservatively minded as parts of the state whose outline graces the album's cover.
  12. Jun 8, 2012
    Sadly, despite flashes of brilliance, fourth record Radlands more often finds Mystery Jets operating on autopilot.
  13. May 2, 2012
    Pushing too hard, then or maybe not hard enough. [Jun 2012, p.79]
  14. Apr 27, 2012
    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.
  15. For everyone else, the predictable melodic twists and some truly awful lyrics will likely prove too much to endure.
  16. Apr 27, 2012
    The veneer of sepia-tinged retro-rock smothers the album, and it ends up lacking the bounce or charm of previous efforts.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    In 2008, it looked like Mystery Jets were on the precipice of making it big. Sophomore album Twenty One had a decent-sized hit in the form of Two Doors Down, and critics were hailing the band as one to watch. However, the hype never really translated into the success the band deserved, and follow-up album Serotonin saw a shift towards a more mainstream synth-pop sound which didn't resonate with fans - or any one else for that matter. The band disappeared to America and took stock of their situation, hoping that new surroundings would give them a fresh perspective. But it was too much for bassist Kai Fish who decided to leave the band to pursue the solo career he kick-started last year. Things looked dismal, but against all odds the boys have come back with Radlands - a somewhat career-defining album born out of the band's destabilisation and struggle to find a new identity....read full review here: wearethefilter.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/review-mystery-jets-radlands.html Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    Undoubtedly, Mystery Jets certainly have the potential, which is even presented in the title track - nevertheless in the same compositions reveals the biggest flaw of the album, which is the usual triumph form over content. So what that songs sometimes present haunting and easily memorable themes supported by the curious, a little "lethargic" vocals - if the band is not able to use that wisely and produces such boring songs like "You Had Me At Hello". Fortunately, not all of them should be omitted - for example, worth paying attention is indie rock "Someone Purer." Full Review »
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    Mystery Jets' track "Dreaming of Another World" is one of my favorite songs of the last few years but everything else that I've heard from them has left me believing that they are just another one-hit-wonder. Full Review »