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JET – Shaka Rock



After bursting on the scene a few years ago Jet succumbed to the too much, too fast excess road, and their second album was pretty much rubbish. (Some may also say in hindsight that that first blast was over rated, but that’s a conversation for another day)


Third album Shaka Rock sees the band trying to take their cleaned up-AC/DC stylings down a more commercial, Kings Of Leon-esque road, and while it may work for Indie kids and students, it doesn’t tweak my bits at all.


KIA (Killed In Action) tries far too hard to appeal to fans of Kings Of Leon with jangly staccato guitar stabs and in Beat On Repeat Nik Cester adopts a far-too-forced British accent, as if mistakenly trying to give this shallow little song a modicum of Cool For Cats cool.


And so the album drags on, one song after another. La Di Da’s riff reminds one of The Beatles Bungalow Bill; single She’s A Genius is more heads down Jet, with a jerky riff reminiscent of My Sharona, and a far more real vocal and a solid solo; Seventeen has a Supertramp meets Elton John punctuated by some big riffing on the chorus. (I tried really hard to hate this song – it’s like some odd recycling of a handful of your Dad’s 70’s albums – but try as I might, it actually grew on me); Let me Out’s riff is all Is She Really Going Out With Him; She Holds A Grudge is a horrible sub-Gram Parsons drone and therein lies the problem – the whole album sounds recycled, and not particularly inventively. There are likable moments, but lyrics like “She said, she said its all about money, I said no way, she said yeah yeah yeah yeah” don’t resound with political and social import, to say the least – hell they wouldn’t even make the cut in a Dr Suess book!


Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a band trying new things and bringing new elements to their sound, but Shaka Rock just sounds like a band trying far too hard to be ‘contemporary’, and sadly only sounding contrived instead. Jet might want to try and remember what they were good at, and get back to doing it instead of trying to sound ‘relevant’.