Making Dens

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Other than Spirit and the Spanic Boys, father-son duos are rare in rock & roll, which gives the U.K. experimental rockers Mystery Jets a leg up right away: lead singer and keyboardist Blaine Harrison is the son of lead guitarist Henry Harrison. It's handy that they have a hook like that for reviewers to latch onto, because it can be difficult for listeners to get their head around the band's full-length debut on its own terms. Making Dens is filled with quirky, interesting pop songs, but each seems to be in a different style from the others. For example, "You Can't Fool Me Dennis" sounds like an early, Barry Andrews-era XTC song as covered by Franz Ferdinand: the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Other than Spirit and the Spanic Boys, father-son duos are rare in rock & roll, which gives the U.K. experimental rockers Mystery Jets a leg up right away: lead singer and keyboardist Blaine Harrison is the son of lead guitarist Henry Harrison. It's handy that they have a hook like that for reviewers to latch onto, because it can be difficult for listeners to get their head around the band's full-length debut on its own terms. Making Dens is filled with quirky, interesting pop songs, but each seems to be in a different style from the others. For example, "You Can't Fool Me Dennis" sounds like an early, Barry Andrews-era XTC song as covered by Franz Ferdinand: the danceable stomp of the rhythm section keeps the spiraling tune from shooting off in a dozen different directions at once, but only just barely. Meanwhile, the first single "Zoo Time" has the cracked, disorienting post-punk-psychedelia vibe of a classic Teardrop Explodes single, but given an extremely contemporary electronic edge. Then there's the handful of songs that recall Kate Bush and/or Atom Heart Mother-era Pink Floyd. Honestly, none of it makes a lick of sense, but unlike, say, the Beta Band -- whose entire shtick was that the parts of their music never fit into a coherent whole -- there's a shapeliness to Making Dens that suggests the record was constructed from some inscrutable blueprint that's just naggingly out of reach. Repeated listens reveal the album's many quirky charms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Warner Classics Uk
  • UPC: 825646321056
  • Catalog Number: 463210
  • Sales rank: 328,390

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mystery Jets Primary Artist
Henry Harrison Group Member
James Ford Flute
Kai Fish Group Member
Blaine Harrison Group Member
William Rees Group Member
Technical Credits
Jimmy Robertson Engineer
John Davis Mastering
Justin Underhill Engineer
James Ford Producer, Engineer
Mystery Jets Composer
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