CD: Mystery Jets, Twenty One

(Sixsevenine)

Did he jump or was he pushed? Whatever the reason, Blaine Harrison's father Henry is no longer a bona-fide member of the Mystery Jets (although he still crops up in the writing credits on a handful of songs). And it can't be just coincidence that the band now sound as fizzy as lemon sherbet. This is a vividly youthful album, packed with acid-sharp lyrics and neon-bold choruses, playful vocal harmonies and strikingly confident pop sounds. Gone are the prog-rock influences of their debut, Making Dens, replaced by a sometimes hilarious display of 1980s pomp-worship. The bass and synth melodies in MJ border on parody, while the saxophone solo that swells at the end of Two Doors Down is reprehensibly lurid. But there is subtlety, too, in the Kinksian family dramas of Veiled in Grey, and current single Young Love, which, for all its buoyancy, poignantly captures how complicated carefree relationships can be. Henry, the boys have done you proud.

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