Songs for the Jet Set
This is (obviously) the third installment in the ongoing collection of ’60s era “smiley pop” that Jetset has released. As the bio points out, this is not a label collection, but a “group of UK artists doing Cinema Pop, a subgenre of their own invention inspired by soundtracks of the ’60s, either real or imaginary.” Okay, sure. In any case, the album is a wonderful collection of loungey, Austin Powers-esque pop by bands such as Tomorrow’s World, Loveletter, Death By Chocolate and Milky. There are plenty of vibe sounds, a touch of bossa nova, a few “ba ba ba ba bop” lyrics, and a generally groovy feel. A few of the standout tracks on the album are instrumental, sounding somewhat like the tracks on the Vampyros Lesbos soundtrack. While the happy-go-lucky sounds on this third collection could become annoying after too long, the disc’s length of just over 30 minutes allows the album to maintain its charming appeal throughout.
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