Album: Mystery Jets, Serotonin (Rough Trade)

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Opening line "Freedom is an illusion generated by our brain" raises false hopes that Mystery Jets have moved on to weightier topics than fancying the girl next door.

If anything, the Chiswick band have taken a musical step backwards from Twenty One, although Serotonin has some likeable, 1980s sheen. But there's too much bog-standard indie rock in between, with some dull piano balladry and a ponderous finale. A not unpleasant 45 minutes, but better enjoyed in three-minute snatches.