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Mystery Jets - Radlands

by Dan Clay Rating:6.5 Release Date:2012-04-30

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then there must be many artists a little chuffed with the Mystery Jets right now. That's not necessarily a criticism of the band's fourth album, just that perhaps not having found their own niche just yet really shows on Radlands, the bands self-proclaimed American album.

Having already proven their worth with some terrific singles - 'Two Doors Down', 'Young Love' - the band's knack for a quirky, sing-a-long melody is certainly in evidence on the fabulous '

' brings some delightful hand-claps and crunchy guitar as it delves into the tale of splitting records with an ex, with a touch of Steve Miller.

However, apart from them, the decent title track and the Coral-esque shuffle of 'The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar', Radlands struggles to deliver something really memorable, culminating in a second half of slower material, the chirpy 'Hale Bop' aside. It all means that tracks like 'The Nothing' and the gospel-esque, Norah Jones-sounding 'Sister Everett' - an ode to a Mormon experience in the states - fail to match up to Radlands' superior first half. Even a late acoustic rally on 'Luminescense' has a faint Bowie twang to it fused with a touch of bluegrass.

So for a band who can pull a melodic trick or two out of their sleeve seemingly anytime they like, Radlands is a perfectly fine, if slightly unremarkable album that shows they're more about the singles than anything else, sadly.

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