Jet
Shaka Rock


2.0
poor

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
August 21st, 2009 | 148 replies | 19,621 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How low can you go?

13 of 18 thought this review was well written

In general, making assumptions about somebody's personality and intellect based on their musical tastes is unfair. No amount of "scientific" journalism can really prove that listening to Sufjan Stevens will make you smarter and no amount of baseless insulting on internet forums will prove that somebody is legitimately stupid for enjoying Def Leppard. As the saying goes: "to each his own." However, I had trouble concentrating on said fact when I gave Jet's latest album Shaka Rock a thorough listen-through. Though I kept an open mind when the opening notes of 'K.I.A. (Killed In Action)' sounded, by the time third song 'She's A Genius' came to a close, I drew a conclusion: if you truly enjoy Shaka Rock, I am genuinely worried for you.

As the album played on, however, I learned that this conclusion was maybe just a bit off -- there are some inarguably tolerable moments on the record. Tracks like 'Seventeen' and 'Goodbye Hollywood' are actually quite decent, even if they find Jet predictably emulating the Rolling Stones and countless other classic rock acts. Unfortunately, other highlights on the record aren't found in entire songs but rather in particular segments of Shaka Rock. For example, the piano introduction of 'Walk' starts with incredible potential before dwindling into the deplorable abyss of poor songwriting and 'Let Me Out' boasts a catchy, non-irritating chorus that sticks out like a sore thumb amongst it's tacky and lifeless verses. Ultimately though, these moments are not good, they're just not as bad as the rest of Shaka Rock ends up being.

Instead of taking the constructive criticism offered up by obviously reputable critics such as Ray Suzuki, Jet have decided to further their sound into the murk of self-parodying. As with every Jet album, there is a song that purposefully tries to recreate the success of 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl?' and this time around it's 'She's a Genius', a stale and obviously familiar rock single led by an incredibly, incredibly boring riff that fails to engross any sort of interest before it comes to a close -- essentially all of the songs on 'Shaka Rock' work under this formula. Nic Cester still whines and moans like a nasally, raspier Kenny Loggins, Cameron Muncey still writes bad solos and Zeppelin-rip off riffs and the band as a whole tries so hard to sound nostalgic and instead sound childishly unoriginal. Just like every Jet album that came before it, it's indisputable that 'Shaka Rock's biggest fault is it's failure to be creative and it's dependence on their exhausted, faux-classic rock sound. With too little cohesiveness and too much nostalgia, 'Shaka Rock' proves to be an embarrassment to bands who make careful alterations to the classic rock sound while simultaneously adding their own flavor to the mix instead of blatantly reiterating musical ideas that are 40 years too late. Jet isn't strictly music for imbeciles, but even with the tolerable moments on their latest record, they have reached new, unprecedented lows. Adversely, if this album does titillate your sweet tooth for mediocrity, I'm not going to say that you're mentally unstable -- but I will let you know that you probably need to do some re-evaluation.



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Waior
August 21st 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

review shouldn't be too much of a shaka

Douglas
August 21st 2009



9097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

somebody is legitimately stupid for enjoying Def Leppard.

Quote = massive win.

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

Nagrarok
August 21st 2009



8184 Comments


Great review. I've never been bothered to check this band out, and I probably never will.

Jim
August 21st 2009



5110 Comments


conclusion rulz. good one

pos'ed

Nagrarok
August 21st 2009



8184 Comments


^edit: introduction + conclusion rulz.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2 words: "CLASS ACTION"

Jim
August 21st 2009



5110 Comments


well the whole thing but the conclusion especially

and i haven't heard the album but i'd probably agree with the review =p

Waior
August 21st 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks for the feedback, fellas.

i do not understand you, davey.

Jim
August 21st 2009



5110 Comments


lawyers man. get some lawyers

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Following on from their rather sombre 2nd effort 'Shine On', Australian retro-rockers Jet loosen up 3rd time around on 'Shaka Rock'. There is barely a ballad to be heard (closer 'She Holds A Grudge' is the exception) as the quartet continue their derivative fascination with 70's rock, plus some mildly effective nods to Beatles-like pop-rock. In theory, it should mean a return to the form that made debut 'Get Born' so fun. Unfortunately, nothing here is as memorable as that LP's singles, while the horrid 'Beat On Repeat' could be the worst song of 2009. Recommended Tracks: She's A Genius, Black Hearts (On Fire) & La Di Da.

Waior
August 21st 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

haha! oh. i thought we was making a def leppard pun

And in this case, the $$ of a$$ are very relevant!


hahaaa, you got me.

BSX
August 21st 2009



1633 Comments


Damn you Waior! I was going to write a review on this album. =,(

Nagrarok
August 21st 2009



8184 Comments


The cover art also very much reflects said quality of album.

BSX
August 21st 2009



1633 Comments


Setting fire to what came before you in the hopes of making it better?

Waior
August 21st 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

BSX, don't let me stop you! go for it.



BSX
August 21st 2009



1633 Comments


Maybe I will, I didn't expect anyone to jump on writing a review for this album so quickly.

xD

You wanted to get a real review instead of a moneky peeing video.

Waior
August 21st 2009



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Instead of taking the constructive criticism offered up by obviously reputable critics such as Ray Suzuki


monkey peeing video

fromtheinside
August 21st 2009



18041 Comments


who knew these guys still made music.
fantastic review!

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Douglas
August 21st 2009



9097 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Unfortunately Australia does.

Zip
August 21st 2009



5312 Comments


WAIOR STFU WITH THESE REVIEWS JESUS!



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