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We Were Promised Jetpacks, Unraveling (FatCat Records)




We Were Promised Jetpacks, Unraveling (FatCat Records)
Cd Reviews: October 16, 2014

10/16/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 More music to order Fridays buffalo wings by. Unlike their Scottish brethren Frightened Rabbit, WWPJ has dropped its forced Scottish accents and increased its loud hookless angst, concocting knockoff U2/Coldplay-style songs that aim for epic scope. Problem is, like most of their contemporaries, “good songwriting” involves running with pre-chorus-quality material in place of actual choruses — at least Coldplay occasionally remembers to deliver the major chord for its lowly little hooks. So the cymbals splash and the guitars get all shoegaze bright, but release never comes. Pitchfork has thrown similar insults their way but made fun of Engineers in the same breath (Engineers may have made the stupidest video since “Addicted to Love,” but at least the music is worthwhile). (Speaking of Pitchfork, they reviewed the last Interpol album, which is sort of like having King George III discuss the written works of Benjamin Franklin.) “Moral Compass” is the most intriguing track, buried at the No. 9 spot, too little too late. B- Eric W. Saeger

 





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