t seems that Mystery Jets have hit upon a formula for making their albums distinct in the wake of their disappointing 2010 release Serotonin. They had attempted to polish their successful Twenty-One sound (including hit song Two Doors Down), but the album just came out sounding complacent and cynical. Their answer was to write Radlands, which took inspiration for Americana, and whilst it was deeply, deeply silly (and more than a bit reminiscent of The Killers’ Sam’s Town), it was lots of fun, with bopping rhythms and catchy melodies. As such, they’ve decided to infuse their sound with a new influence for Curve of the Earth, and according to their pre-release interviews, that influence is Pink Floyd.
Mystery Jets Curve of the EarthThe cover artwork could almost be an homage to Dark Side of the Moon. The lyrics have Roger Waters matched for pretentiousness, with lead single Telomere apparently being about caps on DNA that connect people throughout generations. However, the sound is very distinctly neither that of Pink Floyd, or the sound Mystery Jets have embodied up until now. The most notable sonic differences between this album and their previous work are the dramatically slower tempos, and the self-aware “epicness” of the whole thing. That sweeping grandiosity emblematic of Pink Floyd seems to be the quality of theirs Mystery Jets are most trying to imitate, and whilst they create that atmosphere effectively, it’s the only one here and it drags after 9 tracks.