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A surprisingly different affair from the prog/post-punk leanings of their impressive first album Making Dens, Twenty One sees Mystery Jets enthusiastically embracing the '80s retro craze so ubiquitous in the 2000s musical scene. Two key factors are at play here: first, father of singer Blaine Harrison, Henry, is no longer a full-time member, and the sudden drop in the band's average age comes with a much more youthful sound and lyrical outlook. Secondly, electronica DJ Erol Alkan steps up to produce, and his entrance is dutifully accompanied by a markedly dance-oriented new direction, complete with huge bouncing basslines, impossibly tacky synths, and all sorts of gimmicky effects. If any of this seems dismissive, think again, because Twenty One is an utterly terrific collection of pop songs that only professional cynics or musical snobs could possibly dislike. Mystery Jets take the hyperkinetic catchiness of Franz Ferdinand, but replace the Glasgow lads' arty irony with hopeless romanticism -- and you cannot help loving them all the more for it. An earnest and engaging singer comments on a series of boy-girl vignettes, supported by fantastically layered background vocals, ringing guitars, unerring melodic hooks galore, and instantly memorable choruses. The recipe may be well-known, but what a joy it is to find it alive and well in the hands of master chefs. Only a couple of more reflective tracks here and there hint at the band's past (and considerably diverse talents), and still function wonderfully in the context of the album. Yet the stars of the show are the hefty handful of perfect singles including "Hideaway," "Young Love" (a lovely, worldweary duet with Laura Marling), "Hand Me Down," "MJ," "Half in Love with Elizabeth," and best of all, "Two Doors Down," an absolutely irrepressible singalong that, had it been released in 1983, it would now be obligatory for all megahits compilations, among artists like the Human League, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, the Cars, Prince, and the rest of the usual suspects. A quarter-of-a-century later, Twenty One may not break new ground, but is without a doubt an instant delight for fans of great pop music done the British way, as well as one of 2008's best and most lovable albums.
© Mariano Prunes /TiVo

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1
Hideaway (2021 Remastered)
00:03:32

Rees, Music - Kai Fish, Composer, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Lyricist, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Trivedi, Music - Willam Rees, Composer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer, Keyboards - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

2
Young Love (feat. Laura Marling) (2021 Remastered)
00:03:22

Nick Launay, Mixer - Tom Stanley, Engineer - Kai Fish, Lyricist, Engineer, Writer, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Ben Mason, Engineer - ATOM, Assistant Mix Engineer - The Mystery Jets, Writer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer - William Rees, Lyricist, Backing Vocals, Writer, Music, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Alan O'Connell, Engineer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer, Engineer, Instruments - Oliver Wright, AssistantEngineer - Laura Marling, FeaturedArtist - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

3
Half in Love with Elizabeth (2021 Remastered)
00:03:19

Kai Fish, RecordingEngineer - Cenzo Townsend, Mixer, Engineer - The Mystery Jets, Writer, Music - Mystery Jets, Performance, MainArtist - William Rees, Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Writer - Steven Street, Producer - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

4
Flakes (2021 Remastered)
00:04:23

Nick Launay, Mixer - Al O'Connell, Engineer - Kai Fish, Writer, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer - William Rees, Backing Vocals, Writer, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Music - Kapil Trivedi, Drums, Writer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer, Keyboards - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

5
Veiled in Grey (2021 Remastered)
00:03:54

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Music - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer, Keyboards - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

6
Two Doors Down (2021 Remastered)
00:03:36

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Music - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Mark Alloway, AssistantEngineer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

7
MJ (2021 Remastered)
00:03:48

Kai Fish, Composer, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, Music, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Trivedi, Music - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Willaim Rees, Composer - Erol Alkan, Producer, Background Vocals - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

8
Umbrellahead (2021 Remastered)
00:03:07

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Music - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

9
Hand Me Down (2021 Remastered)
00:04:02

Kai Fish, Composer, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Lyricist, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

10
First to Know (2021 Remastered)
00:04:13

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Music - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

11
Behind the Bunhouse (2021 Remastered)
00:05:28

Nick Launay, Mixer - Kai Fish, Composer, Music, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, Music, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums, Music - Willam Rees, Composer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Rick Levy, Engineer - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008, 2021 679 Recordings Limited

DISC 2

1
Hideaway (Home Demo)
00:03:57

Kai Fish, Composer, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Lyricist, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Willam Rees, Composer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

2
Metal Soul (Alternative Version)
00:04:04

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Composer, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

3
Pink Elephant (Live Demo)
00:03:41

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Henry William Cope Harrison, Composer - Kai Christian David Fish, Composer - William Blaise Benwell Rees, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards - Stephan Blaine Harrison, Composer

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

4
Flakes (Live Demo)
00:04:12

Kai Fish, Writer, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, Writer, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Kapil Trivedi, Drums, Writer - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

5
The Girl Nextdoor (Home Demo)
00:03:18

Kai Fish, Writer, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Blaine Harrrison, Writer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

6
The Back Door
00:03:57

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, Producer, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Ollie, Engineer - Dan Rejmer, Mixer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Stephen Blaine Harrison, Composer - Henry William Cope Harrison, Composer - Kai Christian David Fish, Composer - William Blaise Benwell Rees, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008 sixsevenine

7
Red Sock Rock (Unfinished Outtake)
00:04:53

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Stephen Blaine Harrison, Composer - Henry William Cope Harrison, Composer - Kai Christian David Fish, Composer - William Blaise Benwell Rees, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Jets Canned Jam (Unfinished Outtake)
00:02:48

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Stephen Blaine Harrison, Composer - Henry William Cope Harrison, Composer - Kai Christian David Fish, Composer - William Blaise Benwell Rees, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

9
Girl Shaped Gun
00:03:56

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, Producer, MainArtist - William Rees, Composer, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Ollie, Engineer - Dan Rejmer, Mixer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Kai Harrison, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2008 sixsevenine

10
MJ (Live Demo)
00:03:16

Kai Fish, Composer, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Willaim Rees, Composer - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

11
First To Know (Live Demo)
00:03:52

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Drums - Henry Harrison, Lyricist, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

12
Twenty One (Alternative Version)
00:04:44

Kai Fish, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Mystery Jets, MainArtist - William Rees, Backing Vocals, RecordingEngineer - Blaine Harrison, Guitar, Vocals - Kapil Trivedi, Composer, Drums - Henry Harrison, Guitar - Erol Alkan, Producer - Jack Flanagan, Bass - Stephen Blaine Harrison, Composer - Henry William Cope Harrison, Composer - Kai Christian David Fish, Composer - William Blaise Benwell Rees, Composer - Tamara Pearce-Higgins, Keyboards

© 2022 679 Recordings Limited ℗ 2021 Warner Music UK Limited

Album Description

A surprisingly different affair from the prog/post-punk leanings of their impressive first album Making Dens, Twenty One sees Mystery Jets enthusiastically embracing the '80s retro craze so ubiquitous in the 2000s musical scene. Two key factors are at play here: first, father of singer Blaine Harrison, Henry, is no longer a full-time member, and the sudden drop in the band's average age comes with a much more youthful sound and lyrical outlook. Secondly, electronica DJ Erol Alkan steps up to produce, and his entrance is dutifully accompanied by a markedly dance-oriented new direction, complete with huge bouncing basslines, impossibly tacky synths, and all sorts of gimmicky effects. If any of this seems dismissive, think again, because Twenty One is an utterly terrific collection of pop songs that only professional cynics or musical snobs could possibly dislike. Mystery Jets take the hyperkinetic catchiness of Franz Ferdinand, but replace the Glasgow lads' arty irony with hopeless romanticism -- and you cannot help loving them all the more for it. An earnest and engaging singer comments on a series of boy-girl vignettes, supported by fantastically layered background vocals, ringing guitars, unerring melodic hooks galore, and instantly memorable choruses. The recipe may be well-known, but what a joy it is to find it alive and well in the hands of master chefs. Only a couple of more reflective tracks here and there hint at the band's past (and considerably diverse talents), and still function wonderfully in the context of the album. Yet the stars of the show are the hefty handful of perfect singles including "Hideaway," "Young Love" (a lovely, worldweary duet with Laura Marling), "Hand Me Down," "MJ," "Half in Love with Elizabeth," and best of all, "Two Doors Down," an absolutely irrepressible singalong that, had it been released in 1983, it would now be obligatory for all megahits compilations, among artists like the Human League, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, the Cars, Prince, and the rest of the usual suspects. A quarter-of-a-century later, Twenty One may not break new ground, but is without a doubt an instant delight for fans of great pop music done the British way, as well as one of 2008's best and most lovable albums.
© Mariano Prunes /TiVo

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