Jet
Shine On


2.5
average

Review

by DaveyBoy STAFF
December 1st, 2008 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not awful, but this overlong 2nd release by derivative Australian rock band contains few highlights and includes insufficient variation in amongst the clear attempt to grow.

Australian rock band Jet must have had a lot of thoughts running through their minds during the writing and recording process of their 2nd album ‘Shine On’. Their debut ‘Get Born’ was loved by many as it was so fun, catchy and rocking that it eventually saw at least the album’s standout tracks become successful worldwide. Yet, ‘Get Born’ was probably hated by just as many, with some critics bashing its derivativeness and lack of originality. Would Jet stick to what got them noticed or prove the critics wrong" Unsurprisingly, they aim for a combination of both and the results are very much mixed.

It may sound superficial, but the lack of an up-tempo standout in the same mould as the debut’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ really hurts ‘Shine On’. Even worse is the clear attempt to remake the song (with slight variations of course) in lead single ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’. Complete with tambourine shaking in the background, this is very much a poor man’s version of the aforementioned track which was eventually used by iPod in an advertising campaign. It’s not awful. Actually, it’s a decent cut. But it is not anything too noteworthy and a rather average lead single.

Thankfully, other recreations work better and lead to the album’s two standout cuts. The title track is this album’s ‘Look What You’ve Done’ and brings to the public’s attention another thought that was clearly on the band’s mind when making this album; The death of the father of two of the band members. A very nice, personal and fittingly emotional ballad, this song flows beautifully and is a resounding heartfelt success. On the opposite end of the spectrum, this album’s ‘Take It Or Leave It’ is track 10 ‘Rip It Up’, which brings back the fun with a no-nonsense, rapid-fire, anthemic and catchy tune that begs to be sung along with.

Unfortunately, not a great deal else is worth mentioning in all honesty and the fact that there are 14 tracks (15 when considering that different songs were used as the 5th track depending on which country you reside in) simply draws out the process to highlight the ho-hum filler nature of many of the cuts. There are a lot of laid-back mid-tempo pieces which is where the band seem to be most comfortable at. But they tend to run into each other and use only slight variations such as minor pace or instrumental adjustments. ‘Bring It On Back’ may be the best of the rest, but differentiating between it and the likes of ‘Kings Horses’, ‘Come On Come On’, ‘Skin And Bones’, ‘Shiny Magazine’ and closer ‘All You Have To Do’ is much of a muchness really.

Many of the just mentioned tracks also sound rather dated. While there is an admittedly clear throwback nature inherent to Jet’s sound, they do not seem to do enough to bring this album into the here and now sufficiently. The Beatles clearly got a lot of listening time during the making of ‘Shine On’ as a few songs towards the end of the album (especially ‘Shiny Magazine’ and the acoustic ‘Eleanor’) seem influenced by the legendary Brits.

Yet, the album’s lowlight (track 9 ‘Stand Up’) comes from a completely separate derivative source. From the uncomfortable growls in the verses to the guitar licks that float in and out, everything about this song screams out AC/DC and simply does not come off in any sense. The corny attempt at motivational lyrics also bomb here, further sinking it into the abyss. That last point is actually a shame as there does appear to be some lyrical growth shown throughout ‘Shine On’. Unfortunately, that seems to have come at the expense of the overall quality of many of the songs.

‘Shine On’ is by no means an awful album and there are very few tracks that will have you reaching for the ‘skip’ button. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many that will have you pressing ‘repeat’ either. In many ways, this is the type of growing pains release which plagues many bands second efforts. The attempt to grow (both musically & lyrically) is clear, but it unfortunately does not result in songs which are too memorable come the end of the day. The fact that the album is then overlong and contains too many similar tracks only highlights this weakness.

Recommended Tracks: Shine On, Rip It Up & Bring It On Back.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Emeritus
December 1st 2008


17240 Comments


http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/38853-shine-on

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was waiting for that... Didn't think it would pop up that quickly though. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

taylormemer
December 1st 2008


4962 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lolwut!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What the hell does "lolwut" stand for?

Athom
Emeritus
December 1st 2008


17240 Comments



What the hell does "lolwut" stand for?

OMGWTFBBQ?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well, I understand that one. Us Aussies are expects at throwing a shrimp on the barbie! Whatever a shrimp is!

Ironpriest
December 1st 2008


403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm, Its not a 2.5. maybe a 3.5 or 4 (bit of a stretch) i quite like this album a bit. Jet have nothing on Living End though, THE aussie rock gods!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can't say I like this album anywhere near as much as yourself Ironpriest. But to each their own and I can definitely see why people may think this is better than their debut.

As for The Living End, I have been slack in not giving 'White Noise' a proper listen as yet.

AtavanHalen
December 1st 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, the memories.

I love this album.

ClearTheLane
December 1st 2008


990 Comments


I haven't listened to Jet, but this is probably just as average as Are You Gonna Be My Giiiirrrl.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was waiting for you to arrive here DavID. You really do love this album, don't you?

ClearTheLane, while this album isn't exactly identical to their debut, I really can't see you liking much of it if you didn't like "Are You Gonna Be My Girl". Unless The Beatles really takes your fancy anyway.

ClearTheLane
December 1st 2008


990 Comments


The Beatles are fine for me, although they're of course overrated in some amount.

AtavanHalen
December 1st 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Beatles friggin' rule.

And yes Champ, this album reminds me of some good, good times in my life.

Fugue
December 1st 2008


7371 Comments


To be honest I had forgotten about this band. 'Are you gonna be my girl' was an awesome single, and Get Born was a pretty good album, didn't even know they had released a second though.

AtavanHalen
December 1st 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It wasn't too big anywhere apart from here.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ahhh, a personal album DavID. Yeah, we all have a few of them. Tell me something, were my comments/comparisons to The Beatles on this album fair? Don't get me wrong, I don't think they get all that close to hitting the mark, but to me it does sound like that's what they were aiming for with many of these tracks.

Ross, to be honest, the album really didn't make much of a splash down under either. The first 2 or so weeks of sales were strong and then it fizzed out quickly.

Fugue
December 1st 2008


7371 Comments


That surprises me based on how many people I know who liked the first album. Maybe I just know people with a musical taste that is disproportionate to Britain as a whole...

SnackaryBinx
December 1st 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cd is terrible.

Auldy
December 1st 2008


350 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i really enjoy how 'Kings Horses' is such a stab at music critics writing them off as a cover band and how everyone believes them. Great track

'Shine On' is just heartbreaking when u understand the story behind it with the Chester kids dad's cancer.

regardless i have to rate Rip It Up my fav track on the album because of its rawness and rock sound. But overall this isnt the strongest of cds.

Great review though dude ;D

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2008


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ross, I think that only initial (& pre) sales will be strong when a lot of people like a band's previous album. It's in the weeks after that where sales tend to rely on the actual album (or at least its first 2 singles).

Good comments Auldy. In retrospect, I should have given 'Kings Horses' more love in the review. But yeah, 'Shine On' & 'Rip It Up' are some good songs in amongst a lot of filler.



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