Mystery Jets – Alas, Agnes (CD Review)

For their fourth single with 679 the Mystery Jets are releasing ‘Alas Agnes’ which is a story about, well, I can’t put it any better than the press release – “Alas Agnes tells the tale
of unrequited love between a young protagonist and Agnes, a stunning Transvestite sat in the back streets of Kings Cross. In order to win Agnes’s heart he takes the drastic step of a sex change only to return and find Agnes has already fallen for a younger prettier muse.
“. So we’re on soap opera territory from the start.



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Luckily, the Mystery Jets can pull it off. The pace and the blistering guitars carry the unusual story with aplomb and the harmonies in the chorus are pure shout-a-long, drunk-dancing heaven. Just as interesting is ‘The Last Bench’ which uses syncopated beats, speech samples and heavy dramatics to build a track that is melancholy but interesting in it’s intricacies and bizzareness.

There is a 7″ that comes with a track ‘Electric Fires’ recorded live at the Eel Pie.

Label : 679

Release Date : 05 December 2005

Website : www.mysteryjets.com

Tracklisting

  • Alas Agnes
  • The Last Bench

The Mystery Jets are:

    Blaine Harrison – Vocals, Keyboards & Percussion, Will Rees – Guitar,
    Keyboard & Backing Vocals, Henry Harrison – Guitar, Keyboards,
    Mellotron, Backing Vocals, Kai Fish – Bass, Backing Vocals, Kapil
    Trivedi – Drums.

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