Review of Unravelling Album by We Were Promised Jetpacks

After endless touring, We Were Promised Jetpacks have finally got together, put some tracks down and given the fans what they want; third album 'Unravelling'. It's hard to believe that these guys came onto the radar in 2009 with their truly magnificent album 'These Four Walls', but producing such a debut album does set the standard high.

We Were Promised Jetpacks Unravelling Album

The band have already released two singles from the album; the first being 'Night Terror'. It is a bass-led track and shows that the band are a bit more mature and, in some respects, more focused. Even with Adam Thompson's vocals they seem a bit more channelled and a little less raw, which for me is part of the magic of these guys. The other single is 'I Keep It Composed' which shows a somewhat darker and heavier side to the band and, as far as singles go, although both of these tracks showcases a different side to WWPJ, they aren't the strongest songs on the album.

The album kicks off with 'Safety In Numbers', which straight away gives you the sense that these guys still love to blast out their guitars together like a firework display, showing that they are not afraid to have music with gaps of no vocal. One of the album highlights is 'Peaks and Troughs'; it's what We Were Promised Jetpacks are all about - the unexpected. When you listen to this, you feel like it is going to pitter out into the distance, but far from it and, like its name of sorts, this song is spectacularly up and down.

The great thing about this album is that the minute you think it is going in one direction, the dark heavier style then pops up with a song that blows that theory right out of the water. 'A Part Of It' has a mix of mellow vocal and rock riffs, which contrast so much that you are left wondering just how it works so well.

'Unravelling' has shown how far these guys have come from the early days, and things just keep getting better and better. 'Peace Of Mind' is the most interesting tracks; it's 6 minutes 32 seconds of an instrumental track but gives the guys the opportunity to showcase their skills. 

There are places in the album where you just want Adam to let rip vocally when it feels like he is holding back, but, then again, this is all part of the new WWPJ sound and still makes for another solid record from these North of the border folk.


Mark Moore

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