We Were Promised Jetpacks
In the Pit of the Stomach - FATCAT
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Tamara Vallejos on October 12, 2011
When these brooding Scottish rockers released their debut album in 2009, they were noted for aggressive guitars and high-powered drumming, which raced a mile a minute but also boasted an extremely melodic sensibility. But for all the talk of epic anthems, the album included plenty of musical contrast, with spare, intimate moments that put the focus on frontman Adam Thompson’s voice. It was beautifully bipolar, as if We Were Promised Jetpacks were trying to hold back the rushing waters of an emotional breakdown. Now, on follow-up In the Pit of the Stomach, that dam has completely burst. If the title is indicative of a nagging problem someone in the group was facing, then they must have released that frustration via this album’s recording. Exceptional opening track “Circles and Squares” kicks off furiously, introducing a record that hardly ever lets up its energy or utter sincerity. The result is a sophomore effort that deserves to be played loudly—and often.