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Mystery Jets - Serotonin

by Dan Clay Rating:8 Release Date:2010-07-05

It used to be the second album that most bands either flourished or floundered on; now it seems the third is what tests the mettle of many a group's musical mojo. Oasis mastered it up until Be Here Now, The Arctic Monkey's stuttered on last year's Humbug and Razorlight all but fell apart after Slipway Fires burnt to cinders amidst poor critical and fan base reviews. Do the indie-pop maestros Mystery Jets have what it takes to make three their magic number then?

Coming off the success of 2008's Twenty One and one of the biggest hits of the year in 'Two Doors Down', they've certainly got a weight of expectation behind them. Thankfully Serotonin delivers, for the most part anyway. Opener 'Alice Springs' finds them in melodic form as singer Blaine Harrison signals his intentions. "I'd stand in the line of fire for you/ I'd bend over backwards for you/'cos I don't have nothing in my life if I don't have you," over a fast paced backing.

Things get even better with second track 'It's Too Late', an 80s retro-inpsired ballad that could have come from one of Lennon's throwaway melodies.

delivers the album's best lyric - "Have you heard the birds and bees have all got STDs?"- over a strange kazoo and whistling backdrop. Somehow it works.

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could be a companion to 'Two Doors Down' with its obvious Razorlight appeal.

However things come undone a little in the second half of the album as catchy singles give way to more of the same with nothing fresh.

waltzy feel is echoed in its lyrics - "There's an invisible line where your body meets mine," but sadly the song dies out in a repetitive chorus. Closer 'Lorna Doone' goes for epic but suffers as a result in comparison to the rest of the album's perkier tunes. Too long and rambling, its big chorus and vocals get lost in its relatively long running time.

For the most part, the Jets have created a near perfect pop album that offers a sort of light version of Canada's Arcade Fire. Perfecting an album of three minute pop gems isn't easy, but coming close should be applauded. Expect to hear it all over radio waves and student raves as summer turns to autumn. The Mystery Jets are set to take off.

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