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Shine on they do
on 2 October 2006
When Jet released their 'Get Born' album, I was highly anticipating how good it was going to be. While it turned out to be excellent, I felt something was missing. What was missing was enough pure rock-n-roll tracks which I was told there were going to be. This latest offering does not disappoint.
It opens up with 'L'esprit d'Escalier', which is an intro to the next track, Holiday.
'Holiday' is a brilliant opener with a killer riff. Jet spark a 'two fingers to everyone' attitude here with the killer line 'Makes no difference what they say, we're going on holiday.' There is a raw, sometimes punky feel to it. Absolutely brilliant and a very likely release.
'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' could have been stolen from 'Get Born', in as far as the tone and riff goes. Brilliant first release and the album gets better. Superb track.
'Bring It On Back' is the 'Look What You've Done' off this album, except for the fact that it's even better. Sometimes you can hear a Beatles influence, but maybe more distinctly, a more Oasis sound all-around. That's not a bad thing. The song is separated into two parts. The opening part is slow and rather melancholy, but anthemic also. The second part is the best, the chorus and pre-chorus. Still anthemic, it adds a supreme air of confidence and a sign that this band are in complete control of what they're doing and doing it tremendously well.
'That's All Lies' is a fast-paced track, clocking in at under three minutes comfortably. Has a Kasabian feel to start maybe, is very catchy and instantly rememberable. Brilliant.
'King's Horses' is a slower, down-tempo track. Jet write ballads brilliantly. This is a classic example of their songwriting abilities at their finest and the music blends in stunningly. Definitely a future classic, as most of the songs on the album most surely will be.
'Shine On' is without any doubt, the best track Jet have produced. Take a listen and then say you don't agree. The combination of words, melodies, backing vocals, anthemic potential "If the moon would run away, and all the stars don't wanna play, don't waste the sun on a rainy day, the wind will soon blow it all away." Cester sings beautifully. One of the top five songs I have heard this year, and one reason alone to buy this album. Absolutely brilliant. Jet at their best.
'Come On Come On' is a return to the more familiar ground of pure rock. Developing a more 'Oasis' sound here, both lyrically and musically, while maintaining their unique sound. Simply brilliant.
'Stand Up' remains in the 'Oasis' niche, while exploring maybe a bit of Jagger swagger in the verses. "Stand up, your time has come back around", Cester sings determinedly. A classic and a brilliant example of their talents, as if we needed another example.
'Rip It Up' starts in a punky fashion, with a hint of 'Sex Pistols', instantly catchy. When they play this at live shows which they undoubtedly will, the crowd are going are going to absolutely love it. And so will you.
'Skin And Bones' is slightly slower, but the drums create quite a funky feel to the song. The guitaring, again, is very 'Oasis', and challenges one's claim that Razorlight's self-titled album earlier this year was the best since 'Definitely Maybe'. This gives it a right challenge. This song is another great example of Jet's wonderful talents.
'Shiny Magazine' is a ballad, and has a strong ambience of the Beatles, both in drums and guitars. An excellent ballad.
'Eleanor' is another ballad. The singing is harmonized, and it adds a lovely effect to the song as a whole. "Stay with me, Eleanor," Cester sings. Almost a lullaby, although it won't send you to sleep. Wonderful.
'All You Have To Do' is the closing track. It's a repeat of the intro, and then materialises into a song of its own. It's a piano-laden ofering, with guitars combined. A great way to end an album, however, there is an awkward change in key between verses and choruses. That would be really picky, though. The solo is excellent and the chemistry as a band is excellent here.
Brilliant album. Shine on they will, and they will be shining very bright indeed if they can improve on this release, which will be difficult for anyone. Superb. 10/10.