We Were Promised Jetpacks, 'In the Pit of the Stomach' (FatCat)

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In the Pit of the Stomach
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Label: FatCat

by Josh Modell

Scotland's current gang of catharsis-seeking sad bastards -- Frightened Rabbit, the Twilight Sad, and these lads -- score another win here. We Were Promised Jetpacks' second album tightens the craggy fuzz of their first, revealing twisty post-punk songs with chewy pop centers. Only a couple of songs on 2009's These Four Walls invited shout-alongs; this time they're everywhere, from crashing opener "Circles and Squares" ("Life in a coma could be quite fun!") to the bouncy "Medicine" ("Is this about me now?") to dirge-y death ballad ?"Act on Impulse." It's lyrically somber, no doubt, ?but ultimately redemptive -- like a healing calm after the storm.

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