Twenty One review by Mystery Jets

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  • Released: Mar 24, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (7 votes)
Mystery Jets: Twenty One
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Sound — 8
A world away from the Myterys Jets debut 'Making Dens'. The screaching sirens of 'Hideaway' greet you aboard a wild indie-pop trip of 'Twenty One'. This band aren't here to conform and with experimental cuts that litter the record this isn't a one listen. It's there to be replayed and there to explore. Look out for some sprinklings of synth on 'Half In Love With Elizabeth'. Some songs build up from a very simplistic tinkle on the piano or pick of the guitar into a full song that has an element of improvisation still left glistening on it. The pop riff exhibited on 'Young Love' is great. But the true gem is 'Two Doors Down', a song that may make or ruin this summer. With its wild '80s sound and love/hate sax solo at the end, it's worth buying the album just for that alone.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics often centre around naivety and secrecy often with dark denotations and darker connotations. Some songs are an expression of hiding something or hiding from something which gives a darker twist to some of the joyful music that is on the album. Big highlight of the record is the stunning duet with guest vocalist Laura Marling on the innocent 'Young Love'. Both William Rees and Marling hit beautiful harmonies which excels the what-could-be-quite-average love song into a state of excellance. Blaine Harrison, lead vocalist, allows his voice to waver which could be seen as a weakness, but it really adds structure and depth to the album.

Overall Impression — 9
With Henry Harrison, Blaine's father, no longer in the line-up (although included in quite a few songwriting credits), the band have brought the sound back to their age. Erol Alkan's production has brought the album into a new league. Buy it. Play it. Repeat second command for as long needed. A real pop triumph!

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