Jetenderpaul, Jetenderpaul Presents The Modal Lines *

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kansas City micropop band Jetenderpaul formed too soon to benefit from the format for which their songs are best suited: the MP3 blog. Too brief to stand alone as pop singles but too tuneful to be mistaken for anything else, Jetenderpaul's two-minute masterpieces required web-savvy saviors to prop them up and provide them context. That messiah never came, though, because it was the late '90s and everyone was too busy spending Flooz at to kill time profiling niche bands. Though their second record is not without its charms, it's their swan song, Jetenderpaul Presents the Modal Lines that's more consistently rewarding. JTP boil the fat out of their songs, leaving only tinny guitars and tiny drums. Somehow, though, that's enough — gaining momentum with the surefire summertime single "Hudson Bay Drive" and cresting with the beat-band bang-up "George Gabelson," Modal Lines is perfect pop, writ small.