Pin It

CD Review - Jets to Brazil 

& & Mike Corrigan & & & &

Ever since the Replacements lost their teeth, the legions of post-punkers with a soft spot for intelligent, emotional yet muscular and bracing punk-tinged guitar rock have searched the horizon for a new group of bass-guitar-drum warriors to sign up with. Jets To Brazil frontman Blake Schwartzenbach used to make such beautiful noise with his prior band, Jawbreaker. Now joined with three other like-minded refugees -- Chris Daly (of Texas Is the Reason), Bryan Maryansky (of The Van Pelt) and Jeremy Chatelain (of Handsome) -- Jets To Brazil comes across as more expansive, complex and mature than any of its related fragments.

Four Cornered Night is the group's second outing and begins with "You're Having the Time of My Life" which is a bit too Cracker/Green Day for my taste. But then, with that somewhat obvious bid for a "hit" out of the way, things immediately get spectacular.

With the overdrive turned way down and a definite emphasis placed on emotional, soul-searching and relationship-centered songwriting, the album is a long walk down the same less-traveled path the band first explored on 1998's Orange Rhyming Dictionary. And nowhere is the Jet's sonic and lyrical evolution more evident than on "In the Summer's When You Really Know," a touching, piano-led number that is as sublimely tragic as it is shamelessly romantic. It's exciting, this realization that frank and eloquent discussion of shared personal experiences can, in the right hands, be transformed into something so luminous.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Startup Weekend Spokane

Startup Weekend Spokane @ Spokane Community College

Sat., April 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., April 26, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Restore the Honesty

    Re-establishing trust with the public will require courage on the part of our elected officials
    • Apr 8, 2015
  • Don't Test Me

    The Smarter Balanced standardized test has sparked a rebellion in Western Washington — and it's spreading
    • Apr 15, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation