• Starjets
  • Starjets (Portrait) 1979 

Spunky if unoriginal, this Belfast quartet showed some promise, but not enough to really count. The album consists of simple punky rock, with added melody and restraint (plus some clever touches, like Beach Boys harmonies), but not as poppy as the Undertones. The lyrics rerun predictable subject matter — school, camaraderie, war, stardom — and the music’s not strong enough to divert on its own merits. Likable but lost. Some Starjets later wound up in the Adventures.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Adventures