Curve of the Earth

Mystery Jets - Curve of the Earth
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #451 / 760
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2016 Ratings: #324
January 15, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Caroline / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

Amidst an assortment of abandoned buttons in a former button factory, Mystery Jets have recorded their most ambitious work to date with album number five.

80
musicOMH

With a natural ebb and flow, Curve Of The Earth is both a new departure for the Mystery Jets and their most consistent and rewarding album yet.

80
AllMusic

Always an inward looking, albeit reliably quirky gang of retro-casters, Curve of the Earth finds the Jets assessing their place in the universe via nine incrementally protracted set pieces that invoke Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips, early Radiohead, and of course, Pink Floyd.

80
NME

The album may seem short at only nine tracks, but there are enough ideas crammed into ‘Curve Of The Earth’ to call it one of the most well rounded records of 2016.

75
The Line of Best Fit
A record’s worth of epic, towering soundscapes built on sturdy prog and indie rock foundations.
70
Under The Radar

Curve of the Earth is an ode to the uncertainty of the quarter-life crisis that somehow manages to make that awkward entry into maturity sound bittersweet and beautiful at once.

70
Drowned in Sound
Mystery Jets are old hands at this now – and while this offering doesn’t have the immediacy that classics such as ‘Two Doors Down’ and ‘Serotonin’ bring, it is a necessary record from a band that needs to work out where it goes from here.
70
Clash
It’s the balance of maturity and melody that will keep you going back to this album. They’ve grown up, but then so have their fans. Let's just see where they go from here.
60
The Skinny

More slowly paced, and more sincere, Mystery Jets have matured out of that tricky mid-noughties adolescence.

60
The Guardian

Instead of the endearing idiosyncrasies that characterised their earliest records 10 years ago, we have the crunching chords of Taken By the Tide’s mega-chorus and the plaintive vocals and morse-code guitar of Telomere.

60
Paste

Written and recorded back in London, Curve of the Earth, the band’s sixth album, is an overt corrective—a return to their British sensibilities. Problem is, they’ve sought out some of the most generic reference points imaginable.

50
No Ripcord

All in all, Curve of the Earth comes across a little on the self-indulgent side, and although most bands evolve and move on from past successes, over-complicating things can lead to that band losing their sense of character and identity.

Tebitas
60
I found some songs to be underwhelming but It’s worth a listen.

best: blood red ballon, 1985, the end up
worst: saturnie
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
85
"Bubblegum" is outstanding.
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Bubblegum, Blood Red Balloon, Telomere
Newstedko
54
better than last. After 2 hearings + 1*
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Track List

  1. Telomere
  2. Bombay Blue
  3. Bubblegum
  4. Midnight's Mirror
  5. 1985
  6. Blood Red Balloon
  7. Taken By the Tide
  8. Saturnine
  9. The End Up
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