Tuesday, January 6, 2015

@apartofhim's Top 20 of 2014 - #15 We Were Promised Jetpacks "Unraveling"

The Glasgow band's third LP doesn't disappoint, even for those fans of other Scott-Indie-Rock fans who have highland standards set by the likes of Frightened Rabbit. 

Here's what PopMatters' Geoff Nelson had to say about the album:
Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks never shied from making big room music. Getting their start opening for countrymen Frightened Rabbit, the band reared itself on the grey capitulations and resolutions that lay strewn across landscapes of the heart. Unlike their colleagues in Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks sought not the most crushing turn of phrase with which to stab their listener’s innards but obliterating arrangement and dynamic shifts. The first Jetpacks’ single was the ironically titled shout-along “Quiet Little Voices”, with guitars and backing vocals emerging in the chorus with storm surge intentions. If Frightened Rabbit was a punch in the gut, this was a cross to the jaw. We Were Promised Jetpacks rely on these moments. The final movement of “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightening”, a more apt title, explodes with snare hits as the first track on their debut album, 2009’s These Four Walls.
Read the rest at PopMatters.

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