We Were Promised Jet Packs SPIN Album Review

9/15/2011

'In the Pit of the Stomach' | SPIN 8 out of 10

Scotland's current gang of catharsis-seeking sad bastards -- Frightened Rabbit, the Twilight Sad, and these lads -- score another win here. We Were Promised Jetpacks' second album tightens the craggy fuzz of their first, revealing twisty post-punk songs with chewy pop centers. Only a couple of songs on 2009's These Four Walls invited shout-alongs; this time they're everywhere, from crashing opener "Circles and Squares" ("Life in a coma could be quite fun!") to the bouncy "Medicine" ("Is this about me now?") to dirge-y death ballad 
"Act on Impulse." It's lyrically somber, no doubt, 
but ultimately redemptive -- like a healing calm after the storm.

- By Josh Modell

'In the Pit of the Stomach' was mixed by Worlds End client PETER KATIS