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Jets to Brazil

Four Cornered Night

Jade Tree


The long-awaited follow-up to the Jets' Jade Tree debut is standard pop-rock muzak, an unsuccessful stab at tunefulness. Most of the time, former Jawbreaker honcho Blake Schwarzenbach sounds like a bored Chris Mars or feckless Ray Davies, while the rest of the band (made up of former members of Van Pelt, Handsome and Texas is the Reason) pretty much phones in the accompaniment. You know the band has traveled far from its post-punk roots when the highlight is a twangy, two-steppin' ballad ("Empty Picture Frame"). "Little Light," with its understated keyboards and low-key shimmer guitar, is The Reivers without the hooks. "Mid-Day Anonymous" sounds like "Cut Your Hair"-era Pavement. Meanwhile, "Your X-Rays" and "Milk & Apples" wanna rock, but end up sounding as if recorded under water or under sedation. In their effort to be tuneful, Jets to Brazil have managed to drain whatever life they had left out of a band whose whole was never as good as where their parts came from.

back torevhead.gif (1924 bytes) Published in The Omaha Weekly Aug. 24, 2000. Copyright 2000 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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