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In The Pit Of The Stomach (Amazon Exclusive Version)

October 4, 2011 | Format: MP3

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By A. Finley on November 10, 2011
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
While comparisons can be dubious and reviews are always personal, I couldn't help but think about how much I disagreed with another Amazon review through the entirety of this album. Where I expected "post-rock" a la Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky, I got something that I would suggest sounds more like a gentler, cleaner At The Drive In. In fact, I don't think any regular listener of post-rock, with it's soundtrack-like compositional style, atmospheric textures, dramatic builds and loopy melodies, would put this into the category.

We Were Promised Jet Packs is filled with tremolo picking and often a loud/soft dynamic, but it is also full of lyrical vocals and quick, constant drum beats. While there are songs that touch on the post-rock aesthetic, such as Sore Thumb, most of the tracks on the album would fit more closely with the aforementioned ATDI, or possibly Sonic Youth. If anything, heavier post-rock acts like Russian Circles or Caspian would be a more appropriate comparison.

However, I was not at all disappointed in the offering. The lyrical content of In the Pit of the Stomach is cliche-free and never cringe-inducing, poetic and Radiohead-esque at times (Act On Impulse), and even at little hooky (Circles And Squares, Hard to Remember). The recording quality of the vocals is interesting - somewhat distant and reverby, and in that sense I could see the mention of Because of Ghosts or Do Make Say Think in the discussion...and who doesn't like a tinge of Scottish accent? The album rarely feels slow, though my ears grew a bit tired of the heavy breakdowns that mark the middle of almost every song. There is, however, a great deal of variety within the album and within each song.
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By Ty on March 20, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Ok if you're even looking at this page and remotely thinking of buying it...do it already. If you are already a fan of this band then you aren't reading my review. If you aren't a fan yet then buy it and you will be. The vinyl and jacket were in perfect condition when I received it. Also I couldn't find anywhere to beat the price.
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Format: MP3 Music
"These Four Walls" completely blew me away with it's intense energy and raw emotion. This album seems to have all the technical instrumentation down, but Alan Thompson's vocals sound flat (sometimes) and washed-out (always) here. It's hard to feel the passion when his voice gets that kind of treatment . I feel some of these songs have missed their mark, and along with them I've missed the train (and in my despair, I'm not jumping up with hands in the air; shouting the lyrics like a madman.) That being said, there are some good numbers here. "Act on Impulse," with it's progressive melodic build of fuzz and anthemic cellos, is an excellent tune. The grungy energy of "Hard To Remember" and "Boy In The Backseat" liken to some of the fantastic twists of their prior masterpiece "...Four Walls." "Sore thumb" is a fuzzy shoe-gaze bit, with Thompson's vocals sounding as if they were recorded while standing some 15 feet from the microphone. The album closes with "Pear Tree," a slow building anthem that could have been so much more. Unfortunately the vocals get the same treatment as in "Sore Thumb," with Thompson standing across the room shouting at the microphone. The song is instrumentally fantastic, but with vocal recordings of garage-demo quality If anything, album producers Andrew Bush (in charge of recording) and Peter Katis (mixing) share the blame for the poor vocal treatments. A decent outing that will always have me think it could be so much more.
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Jetpacks second album though not as strong as the first effort is still quite good all the way through. The production is a bit different which I think may throw people off a bit but the song writing is still there even though the vocals seem distant and lost in the walls of sound. Still great band and amazing live!
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I listed to the first release We Were Promise Jetpacks (WWPJ) non-stop. Glorious, soaring melodies that can start with a single instrument and gradually build to a power crescendo, without a lick of pretentiousness.

So, the first listen to their sophomore debut left me disappointed. Much more straightforward post-punk rock. Especially embodied in their first song, "Circles and Squares" -- where was the understated power? The unexpected twist and turns? The music that made you think?

And after a few listens, I was a fan.

Yes, the approach is much edgier, punchier, and more even-keeled, but damnit if this more straightforward approach doesn't retain the highly emotional karate chop to the gut that their debut release provided. That's not to say that WWPJ diverged completely from their debut - songs like "Sore Thumb" provides a journey similar to "Keeping Warm" and "human Error" is as catchy as "Roll Up Your Sleeves". But their single "Medicine" presents a forward-thinking more accessible approach to their music, still wrought with tension. "Through The Dirt and the Gravel" is probably the quintessential WWPJ song - a throbbing freight train music with vocals that exude pain and anxiety.

In essence if you liked the debut record, please give this one the time. You won't be disappointed.
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