Twenty One

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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the English indie rock band was produced by Erol Alkan.
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  1. Twenty One revels in fun found in the cobwebbed corners of Alkan’s mix and the nightlifing minds of its lyricists.
  2. This is a vividly youthful album, packed with acid-sharp lyrics and neon-bold choruses, playful vocal harmonies and strikingly confident pop sounds.
  3. It's the record's wholesome tracks, such as 'Young Love', a duet with folk darling Laura Marling, that prove Mystery Jets thrive in the gap between naivety and cynicism.
  4. Twenty One is an excellent album replete with brilliant, clean, original production and instantly memorable songs.
  5. Twenty One almost feels like the debut and "Making Dens" like the sophomore follow-up.
  6. They’ve upset people’s expectations and made a handful of very good pop songs, but Twenty One ultimately just proves that they’re as unpredictable as they ever were.
  7. Q Magazine
    They can't sustain the quality over an entire album, however, and the inspiration dries up halfway through. [Apr 2008, p.112]

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  1. jj
    May 24, 2008
    Genius. Proper British music.
  2. Jake
    May 24, 2008
    Loved This Album. Only The One Bad Track And I Agree With Yusten The Best Track Without A Doubt Is MJ Or Possibly Flakes.
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A big improvement from their debut album. This album is full of easy-to-like-the-first-time songs, with very good lyrics, and a variety of sounds within the entire album. One of my favorites of 2008! Expand