There was a time when bands from Scotland seemed contractually obliged to be either melodic Big Star/Byrds impersonators or Velvet Underground-indebted noise merchants.
Now, the template for groups north of the border is somewhere in between, with …Jetpacks joining Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic in peddling slightly tuneful, guitar led rock.
Jetpacks’ third album is serious, earnest guitar rock which can grow a little samey over the course of 11 tracks but at times (the Glasvegas-ey Peace Sign) genuinely excites. That said, though, the stand-out track here is undoubtedly the beautiful instrumental Peace of Mind which is a breath of fresh air after the meat and potatoes rock of what has gone before.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh