Review : Jet - Shaka Rock
RollingstoneYou remember Jet? The beer-swilling Australian lads who rocked the planet with their 2003 iPod commercial hit, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl." (No, not "Are You Gonna Go My Way" — that one was Lenny Kravitz.) They're back with another dull slog through the AC/DC catalog, except the guys in AC/DC would do an Auto-Tune remix of "Whole Lotta Rosie" with T-Pain before they'd put their names on anything as drab as "Goodbye Hollywood." The only song that delivers any fun is "She's a Genius," which praises the intellectual discernment of their lady friends. It deserves to inspire a reality show: Are You Smarter Than a Jet Groupie?...full text
SputnikmusicIn general, making assumptions about somebody's personality and intellect based on their musical tastes is unfair. No amount of "scientific" journalism can really prove that listening to Sufjan Stevens will make you smarter and no amount of baseless insulting on internet forums will prove that somebody is legitimately stupid for enjoying Def Leppard. As the saying goes: "to each his own." However, I had trouble concentrating on said fact when I gave Jet's latest album Shaka Rock a thorough listen-through. Though I kept an open mind when the opening notes of 'K.I.A. (Killed In Action)' sounded, by the time third song 'She's A Genius' came to a close, I drew a conclusion: if you truly enjoy Shaka Rock, I am genuinely worried for you.
As the album played on, however, I learned that this conclusion was maybe just a bit off -- there are some inarguably tolerable moments on the record. Tracks like 'Seventeen' and 'Goodbye Hollywood' are actually quite decent, even if they find Jet predictably emulating the Rolling Stones and countless other classic rock acts. Unfortunately, other highlights on the record aren't found in entire songs but rather in particular segments of Shaka Rock. For example, the piano introduction of 'Walk' starts with incredible potential before dwindling into the deplorable abyss of poor songwriting and 'Let Me Out' boasts a catchy, non-irritating chorus that sticks out like a sore thumb amongst it's tacky and lifeless verses. Ultimately though, these moments are not good, they're just not as bad as the rest of Shaka Rock ends up being....full text
BlogsJet’s 2003 album, “Get Born,” did have a few minor bits of excitement, but it’s time to face the fact that Jet have very little to offer. They want to be an amalgam of AC/DC and the Beatles but they lack the potency, backbone and fortitude of both. Their 2006 follow-up, “Shine On” felt like a less impressive retread of their first record. In retrospect, maybe “Get Born” wasn’t that great an album after all and merely coasted by, winning its audience with shrewd marketing maneuvers. Their break-out hit, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” seemed to borrow a little too liberally (perhaps accidently) from Iggy Pop’s classic, “Lust For Life,” and “Look What You’ve Done,” the album’s best song (and the group’s best song to date) sounds like a second rate Beatles ballad. The closing track on “Get Born,” “Timothy,” wasn’t a single, but it should have been. This slow tale of an alien trying to find his spaceship served as the only thought-provoking track on the record. This brings up the point that the members of Jet only show any true hint of any kind of lasting potential on their slower songs. When they rock out on asinine hits like “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” or (even worse) “Cold Hard Bitch,” they become brainless, aimless puppets trying to bring the “Rawk!” It doesn’t work for bands like Buckcherry. It definitely doesn’t work for Jet.
So, how are Jet in 2009? For starters, “Shaka Rock” may be the worst album title of the year this side of Sugar Ray calling their new album “Music For Cougars.” It doesn’t help that this album makes “Shine On” seem like a masterpiece and “Get Born” seem like the Holy Grail. (At this rate, their fourth album should be frightening!)
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