A Billion Heartbeats

Mystery Jets - A Billion Heartbeats
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #108 / 692
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2020 Ratings: #728
Liked by 4 people
April 3, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Caroline International / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Telegraph
The album offers a rousing, belligerently upbeat response to global crisis, albeit at the time of composition they were addressing climate change, environmental activism, the impact of austerity and rise of fascism.

Mystery Jets have recorded one of the most essential indie rock albums of recent years. Born from solidarity and protest, Mystery Jets have crafted if not their quintessential then certainly their finest collection of songs to date.

The Line of Best Fit

In a time where many may crave escapism, A Billion Heartbeats might hit a little too close to home to really be appreciated right now.


There’s a sincerity that shines through every song, and, above everything, it’s a rallying call for change and action and a hopeful outlook on what’s to come.


The delay in release of A Billion Heartbeats has brought it right in step with our times. Its relevance is uncanny, yet it offers a clenched fist of resolve, a musical coping mechanism.

With protest songs and celebrations of the NHS all part of their new identity, it’s a wildly successful take on the world at large as the band enter a new decade. Far from just indie survivors, it seems like these Jets have still got plenty of fuel left in the tank.
The Independent

The band may have achieved Ivor Novello and Mercury Prize nominations, as well as their highest chart position, with 2016’s Curve of the Earth, but A Billion Heartbeats aims higher, and doesn’t miss.

The Observer

A Billion Heartbeats offers depressingly little that’s new, surprising or even interesting.

It seems apt that Mystery Jets go forward with the release of A Billion Heartbeats, despite delaying from September last year due to Blaine's surgery.
It's a gutsy album that may put off listeners as it treads on current global issues from the rise of the alt-right to the women's protests and a heartfelt thank you note to the NHS (Hospital Radio).
However, if theirs one huge strength about A Billion Heartbeat is their engineering of their music. the riffs and thought-provoking lyrics is ... read more
I was intrigued since this record is currently #1. Didn’t think I was going to like it after the first track, but the following tracks kept getting better and better. A pleasant surprise, and even more so that the lyrics resonated with me.

Favorites: Pretty Drone, History Has Its Eyes on You, Campfire Song, Watching Yourself Slowly Disappear
Mystery Jets - A Billion Heartbeats

Genre: Indie Pop
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 62% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 333th / 837

Highlight: Wrong Side Of The Tracks

Made me think of:
The Maccabees
Bombay Bicycle Club
**Edit: Well it kind of grew tiresome. Previous rating : 92**

Oh how beautifully neat and heart-warming this record is. It was my first time hearing this band so I had absolutely no pre-conceived expectations of it. From the first song I could tell I would appreciate this album and it only grew on me as it went on. Here we are, a few days after its release, and I've listened to it in its entirety many times already. I've come to cherish this project dearly although it's hard to explain why. I ... read more
EDIT: As I said at the start I have never heard of these guys, so sorry about me saying " I want to see how far these guys will go," I didn't know this band has been around for like ten years. So I have edited my review.

Mystery Jets hmmmmm... Never heard of them. In till I looked on the Best Albums section and I saw this was number one so why not listen to this album? This album was good it is a poppy and indie rock album. It has a high synth, good guitar riffs, and a couple good ... read more
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Track List

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Petty Drone
  3. History Has Its Eyes on You
  4. A Billion Heartbeats
  5. Endless City
  6. Hospital Radio
  7. Cenotaph
  8. Campfire Song
  9. Watching Yourself Slowly Disappear
  10. Wrong Side of the Tracks
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Added on: August 5, 2019