We Were Promised JetpacksIf I was a writer, I’d write my opinions, Save them for later, Just to see how wrong I could be.

If I was a writer being fair, this would’ve been my first post yesterday. My opening salvo, if you will, for In the Open. As I’m told, we’re not giving out “stars” for tracks or albums on this site, or rating them on a scale of one to ten (and I like that). We aren’t being critical (you know, that kind). There’s something to be said for being overly critical, and maybe to the outside our position conveniently avoids drawing negative attention through a self-assured way of deflecting attention from inefficiencies in our own posts. More on this is a minute.

The above quoted lyrics are courtesy of the 2011 sophomore release from We Were Promised Jetpacks “In the Pit of the Stomach” and their single entitled “Human Error” (video below). It’s hard to tell if the lyrics are intended as a preemptive strike against the music critics that the band has already encountered (or will most certainly find more of in the near future) or whether they are the self-assured comments of a band that knows it’s going places, but is humble enough to acknowledge its beginnings. Either way, the video espouses the virtue of “trial and error” with twenty-somethings exhibiting a devil-may-care lifestyle (and the relative consequences). It is telling that the band chose the haphazard and wayward scenes of youth on the loose to underscore the song’s lyrical promise that mistakes will be made and catalogued for future reference. The best, and perhaps most telling (and indeed, ironic) part of this band is that while playing “Human Error” live in London recently, they actually messed up the beginning and had to start over.

These posts work in a similar vein to WWPJ’s “Human Error” lyrics. Sure, these chosen songs/videos are ones we like, but we aren’t necessarily adverse to a comment section filled with why the band or song is terrible, or why it’s great, or why it’s neither and no one can figure out why it was posted. We guard against the overly critical, the type of commentary that assures “it has it all figured out” and unwilling to listen, if only for the fact there is that chance we could be “wrong” and someone will save this to show it to us later.

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