Now Playing – twice every week, a roundtable of our writers will give their views on some of the recently-released new tracks. It’s as simple as that! If you want to tell us what you think of the song, feel free to leave a comment below.
Track: ‘Greatest Hits’ by the Mystery Jets
Average grade: 6.5
Kenny: One of few recent British bands of the last few years that I always feel I should be more aware of. With reference to the first comment on the Soundcloud upload it does bring Stealer’s Wheel to mind and whilst on its own maybe wouldn’t push me to check out a whole album it has a great deal of charm. As songs that celebrates a love of music in relation to a relationship (especially in a mildly singalong fashion) go, this deserves 9/10
Tom: Pure enjoyment from the Mystery Jets, part of their continuing quest to become a 21st century Small Faces. Summer pop that cheerfully combines elegy with mod fanfares, while avoiding the terrible trap of turning into the Boo Radleys. 8/10
Richard: Mystery Jets decide to cover songs from their favourite movies, starting with that song from ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Oh, no, wait this is an original composition.
Basically ‘Greatest Hits’ is big audio dogshit. Which is an awful shame considering the Mystery Jets have genuinely been involved in some moments of simple pop brilliance, in the shape of songs like ‘After Dark’ with The Count & Sinden, and ‘Young Love’ featuring Laura Marling. 1/10
Josh: A break-up can be tough on your sanity, liver and most importantly your record collection. To protect those precious 12″ ones you love use this obituary, Will and Testament as an example. Otherwise you may find yourselves squabbling like juvenile music-loving vultures, pecking over your bony, withered love-corpse. Perhaps it’s easier in this post-ownership age of consumption, you probably won’t find the need to fight over your Spotify playlists or saw a hard-drive in two. Unless it’s heart-shaped and bleeds, then you could use it as a dramatic metaphor/cultural observation. If, however, you’re both of the beloved, i.e. those who spend money on physical copies of music and thus keep the industry alive guaranteeing a place in an afterlife of your choosing, I recommend a prenuptial agreement for your collection, or if you’re truly romantic, keep your receipts! Or else, you may be going home alone, with nought but a teary eye, a broken heart and an urn full of ash.
Stef: This is a lovely, light sounding pop song which has a nice kick up in terms of tempo for the catchy chorus. I really can’t fault this, it’s got that lovely indie pop thing going on, and I get happy when I hear this. And every time a song does that, a passing grade surely must follow. 8/10