ALBUM REVIEW: Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Caroline International

Released: 27.09.19







On the whole, Mystery Jets’ sixth album feels directionless, with all kinds of different sounds fighting for attention. Rough and tough opener Screwdriver is a barrage of huge guitar melodies and crashing cymbals (with some slightly awkward politically charged lyrics), whilst the equally socially conscious Petty Drone and charming History Has Its Eyes On You sees the band tread down paths well-travelled.

At times, the album suffers from sounding less inspired than the band’s previous work. It’s this inconstancy that’s the record’s biggest downfall; it feels as though they didn’t know whether to go for a beefed-up Foals-inspired sound, back to the prog rock of previous releases or try something new entirely. It’s certainly not a bad album, but it’s not one of their strongest either.


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