Melbourne rockers Jet soar back this month with their third release, “Shaka Rock”. I fell in love with their throwback to vintage rock on the smashing debut, “Get Born” (2003), but was less than thrilled with their sophomore effort, the uneven “Shine On”. This time around, Jet has produced a killer record sizzling with hooks, riffs, and swagger while also incorporating some modern rock flair into their retro formula.
Image and attitude can only get you so far, but this time Jet flies the radio-friendly skies, packing plenty of memorable melodies. There just doesn’t seem to be an end to the tasty guitar licks these guys can crank out and there is no shortage of energy. And let’s face it – Nic Cester’s vocals are the epitome of rock. While “She’s a Genius” and “Black Hearts (On Fire)” come the closest to the “Get Born” sound, don’t be quick to dismiss songs like “Seventeen” and “Let Me Out” that make an earnest attempt to capture more of today’s rock sounds. There is only one ballad, the closer “She Holds A Grudge”; it holds its own, but does not hold a candle to something like “Look What You’ve Done”. A couple of nondescript songs pollute the set a bit (the mundane “Start The Show”), but overall “Shaka Rock” is cleared for take off.
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