Contrary to the album’s title, this is not the sound of a band falling apart. Rather, this is an album made by a band getting their shit together. More mature sounding than their past efforts, We Were Promised Jetpacks have never sounded more cohesive and tight. Being from Scotland, the vocals can’t help but have that Frightened Rabbits-vibe, but they are quite differently musically. Very energetic, propulsive, and almost urgent, this is an album where every part mixes well with the others. The drumming is the sort that can do damage to your steering wheel. The guitars are massive and driving, while the bass and piano parts fill every empty pocket. Very fun. Very catchy. A really good album.
RIYL: Local Natives, Alt-J, Frightened Rabbit, Foals
Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11