Jet – Shaka Rock
Hopefully someone else will do an Inglourious Basterds review later this week but for now I decided to just do this. So remember Jet? The Aussie band that burst out onto the scene in 2003 with and excellent debut album? Back in the day I thought Jet was really gonna takeoff to become one of the premiere modern rock groups but alas it didn’t quite work out that way. With a so-so and redundant sounding followup, followed by a three year gap of what seemed like nothing, Jet kind of fell off the radar and now it would seem that they’ll probably never reach the same level of success they once had ever again.
Shaka Rock is Jet’s latest release and with the debut of the less than stellar lead single “She’s a Genius”, I didn’t have much interest in another album of dry, run of the mill, ACDC/Black Crowes sounding snoozers. Luckily, Shaka Rock is definitely a bit of a step up from Shine On but still doesn’t sound as fresh and exciting as Get Born.
I’m always hoping for that Beatlesesque side of Jet to shine through as it once did on tracks like Get Born’s “Look What You’ve Done” or Shine On’s “Shiny Magazine” (easily the best track on that album) but it’s still overshadowed by the typical generic rock sound Jet has become more accustomed to. Not only that but Jet really seems to have trouble putting together a ballad these days without it being totally wimpy or corny. All that being said there are still some swell tracks on Shaka Rock but also a lot that just feels like filler.
What makes Shaka Rock worth listening to is that occasionally more experimental track. The tracks that almost sound like another band and feel fresh and new. “Beat on Repeat” is a highlight with it’s Louis XIV like vocals and hip swagger and “Seventeen” is a pleasant enough contemporary alternative rocker. “La Di Da” is by far my favorite track on the album and is definitely single material with it’s punchy British Invasion style backup vocals and guitar, that kind of song reminds me why I still like to keep an eye out… Or should I say ear for this band.
So though I don’t think Jet will ever be able to repeat the awesomeness that was Get Born, I still think it’s worth following them for the little nuggets of great music that they can produce from time to time. Shaka Rock definitely wont win any new fans but if you’ve ever liked Jet you might enjoy little bits and pieces here and there.
Favorite Tracks: “Beat on Repeat”, “La Di Da”, “Seventeen”