Sad Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks match up to their label-mates Frightened Rabbit for songs that try to tug on the heartstrings pretty much non-stop. 'Unravelling' is their third record in five years, trying out the kind of soaring, epic songs indie rock bands tend to make as they grow up. They remain similar to their miserable Scottish compatriots while recalling the melodrama of bands like Shearwater.
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Would you look at that record sleeve! It's a veritable party for the eyes, that one. Sadly it's the most exciting thing about the new offering from Scottish bland'n'earnest types We Were Promised Jetpacks, who are unsurprisingly delivering another album of earnest and grandiose indie pop which brings to mind Frightened Rabbit tussling with Kasabian at the Arctic Monkeys'/Stornoway's/Razorlight's/[insert NME band here]'s birthday party.
It's big, it's slick, it's got a swear word or two, but it's basically Elbow with Biffy Clyro-sized guitars, and if that sounds like a good idea to you, you'll probably like it. At their best moments they verge on the churning Scottish indie rock sadness of The Twilight Sad, but while they have the big sound they don't have that band's tunes. 'Night Terror' is as close as we get to a hit here, all shuddering drones and deliciously distorted bass, but even that goes downhill once the vocals come in for an overly-confident chorus. It's all a bit of an overpolished and stodgy mess to my ears, but so do most of the bands mentioned above so if you're into them you might like it.
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