The Adventures of Jet

Part 3: Coping With Insignificance

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New wave pop revivalists the Adventures of Jet's debut album is filled with good but unrealized ideas. While their aesthetic -- paranoid, new wave-influenced popsters with lots of insular lyrics -- sounds great on the surface, most of the songs seem directionless and suffer from unrealized hooks. There are a few good songs (the jittery "Six Red Devils" in particular), and sonically the Adventures of Jet strike a great balance of fuzzy guitar and shiny synths, but they never seem to really hit. The lyrics are often the saving grace -- they're quite often better than the average pop band -- but they still sound kind of...odd. Listening to Part 3: Coping With Insignificance is a bit like watching a science fiction B-movie: Things don't seem to fit in quite right, and the end result is unsettling. If this sounds appealing, the chances are that you'll find Part 3 to be at least enjoyable, if not quite good. But for most, including fans of similar bands like the Rentals, something here is probably going to sit funny, making this album seem somehow unfinished or unrealized.

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