Album review: Jet Set - Los Straitjackets

By Graham Reid

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Album cover for Jet Set by Los Straitjackets. Photo / Supplied
Album cover for Jet Set by Los Straitjackets. Photo / Supplied

With guitarist Peter Posa's White Rabbit retrospective topping the charts for the fourth week, this collection of echo-heavy cocktail hour and retro-rock guitar tracks by a long-running American cult outfit might just have the serendipity of timing.

From the dramatic blackjack crack and pistol shot of opener Crime Scene and the increasingly furious 60s beatpop of Yeah Yeah Yeah, through the delightfully cool Aerostar (which cries out for lyrics), slinky guitar-noir Brooklyn Slide, the Ventures-on-heat Bobsleddin' and Space Mosquito (pure Posa) to the unexpectedly gritty Mr Pink and the weepy blue ballad Fur Sophia, these 15 strum 'n' twang songs sound in search of an Austin Powers or Tarantino movie to call their own.

There is hardly a thing here which hasn't been done before by 60s groups like the Shadows and Ventures or more recently by Bonde do Role or the Israeli surf-rock outfit Boom Pam, but that hardly matters.

This is an album which invites smirks of recognition and, for those too young to know of Peter Posa, maybe just a hip soundtrack for dressing up before going to retro shops to find a genuine Pan Am cabin bag or a night on the town.

Stars: 3/5
Verdict: Good-times hipster guitar instrumentals full of retro-chic and heavy echo.
Buy this album here.

-TimeOut / elsewhere.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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