These Four Walls - We Were Promised Jetpacks
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Scottish indie-rock quartet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. These Four Walls is like a 50-minute, 11-song tour through the Scottish scene’s past, present, and future, emphasizing how much of the country’s best pop music has been concerned with transporting listeners to specific places, so we can all linger there together.
  2. These Four Walls is a consistently exciting album full of memorable songs, and one of maybe five records this year so far that I would recommend unreservedly.
  3. 80
    As this crackles with youthful brio and subtlety, we can start speculating what this band may go on to achieve. [Aug 2009, p.98]
  4. It's a nagging feeling that despite the sheer addictiveness of the material, the stonkingly monumental percussion and the band's fledgling yet highly-accomplished abilities, it’s a bit devoid of that certain spark.
  5. They don't have the lyrical complexity of the bands that they will be compared to (from a young U2 to the aforementioned Frightened Rabbit), but they do have the energy and that's a promising place to start.
  6. You don’t doubt the sincerity, but it sometimes seems a bit too earnest, a bit hard to swallow, for these ears at least. Still, a promising debut, and I’ll bet they’re ace live.
  7. 60
    The passion evident throughout help disguise the feeling we've been here before. [Jul 2009, p.109]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. IsaacA
    Jul 15, 2009
    With a Scottish drawl akin to The View they combine the pop know-how of Snow Patrol, the talent for the slow-burning epic of Sigur Ros, and the driving guitar work of Biffy Clyro. Expand
  2. EliasK.
    Jul 12, 2009
    Dull and staged. You keep waiting for these songs to break through and explode with some kind of energy but they fall flat.