The guys in Mystery Jets are members of that species of indie rocker that the Brits seem so good at breeding -- better than the Americans, at least. They're the kind of band that makes music not obviously created to appeal to the masses yet has enough mass appeal that it should be played the radio and should be selling truckloads of CDs. Serotonin is an effective mix of pop and guitar-based rock, with musical and lyrical ideas that sound vaguely familiar from the past three decades of English music yet are difficult to specifically place.
Best song: "Lady Grey," for its crunchy guitars. And the title track has a great, soaring "Sarah-ton-in" vocal hook.
Deja vu: Two cups of British new wave, two tablespoons post-punk, and seasoned liberally with straight-up U2-style pop.
I'd rather listen to: The Kinks' Face to Face.
"Nothing Not New" is a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 41-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert recordings) and write about it. Why? Because in the words of his editor, Martin Cizmar, he suffers from "aesthetic atrophy," a wasting away of one's ability to embrace new and different music as one ages. Read more about this all-too-common ailment