Radlands - Mystery Jets
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  • Summary: The British indie rock band's fifth album was recorded in Austin, Texas and was produced by Dan Carey.
  • Record Label: Rough Trade
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jul 18, 2012
    80
    Bright, snappy and instantly infectious hooks. [Jun 2012, p.84]
  2. A mature, reflective, intelligent, Americana-inflected [album].
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    80
    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.
  4. May 10, 2012
    80
    This has turned out to be the album of their career.
  5. Jun 7, 2012
    54
    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.
  6. May 2, 2012
    50
    Pushing too hard, then or maybe not hard enough. [Jun 2012, p.79]
  7. Apr 27, 2012
    40
    The veneer of sepia-tinged retro-rock smothers the album, and it ends up lacking the bounce or charm of previous efforts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    8
    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 ofIn 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 Expand
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    6
    Undoubtedly, Mystery Jets certainly have the potential, which is even presented in the title track - nevertheless in the same compositionsUndoubtedly, 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." Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    4
    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 fromMystery 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. Collapse