Title - 'Shine On' (Atlantic)
Artist - Jet
Without missing a beat, Aussie rockers Jet return with their new studio album, Shine On. A rocking, guitar filled romp, Shine On illustrates a band that is lacking in pretention and full of energy and pure fun. This is music to rock out to, to blast from your car radio down the highway, or just to plain party with. And that is what good albums are made of. "Holiday" and "Put your Money Where Your Mouth Is" are full on rockers, laden with melody and energy sure to please anyone. "Bring it on Back" evokes Oasis' "Wonderwall" but with a heavier chorus. "Hey Kids" and "Stand Up" feature some power chords and vocals that sound straight off an AC/DC album. "King's Horses" and "Shine On" are slower, Beatle-esque tracks that excel. "Rip It Up" is another barn burner with shades of "Are you Going To Be My Girl" and Led Zeppelin. Jet's retro sound is showcased with the Rod Stewart vibe of "Skin and Bones." Though their sound evokes comparisons with many other bands, Jet manage to keep their sound their own. At over 51 minutes, Shine On delivers its money's worth. Dave Sardy's production is designed to punch up the guitars and vocals, but the drums and bass get a bit lost in the mix. Overall, though, this is one of the best fall releases to date. There are no terrible tracks, a few simply ok, but the majority are excellent. Full of heavy chords, fast beats, and cleaver melodies, Shine On is one to pick up quickly. Get your copy and start rocking out today. Highly Recommended.