When Mystery Jets burst onto the indie scene in 2005, they were lauded for their upbeat sound and sprawling melodies. While energy has always been a gift of the band, it has at times hampered their sound by making it too disjointed or muddled. However, with their third album, Serotonin, Mystery Jets have nailed a more mature, stable fence to straddle between melody and chaos. The end result is something akin to Pulp covering Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles. The synthesizers are just as dreamy as ever, but the vocals are much more subdued, showing off the strength of membersâ€™ voices rather than constantly driving them to loud chanting.
Many of the tracks on this album stand out on their own strength, with no song weighing down the rest. â€œAlice Springsâ€ has churning keyboards and delicate vocals that lead to building guitar and drums, making it the perfect opening. â€œFlash a Hungry Smileâ€ shows signs of Mystery Jetsâ€™ old energy, but everything hangs together around jaunty whistling and lyrics like â€œwhen you walk into the room, girls growl, boys swoon.â€ Contrasting that attractive character is â€œLady Grey,â€ who comes across as a lifeless woman whose name may be a cheeky reference to a type of tea. There are no real flaws to pick apart on this album, and Mystery Jets can be proud that they have grown into a modern band that can formulate a perfect pop song without getting weighed down in indie synth or relentless guitar riffs.