The deliciously derivative debut from Aussies Jet took the band to the metaphorical heights of the rock industry with tracks Are You Gonna Be My Girl and Rollover DJ. As an album, it's further proof that the world loves and regularly needs big fat, classic-sounding rock to feed its insatiable, beer-swillling, devil-horns throwing hands-in-the-air needs.
Oh yeah, it sounds like just about any rock and roll outfit of the last 30 or so years. And they haven't been able to repeat the success of this album. But so what? Who gives a fuck? This is foot-to-the-floor, flatout rock except when it resorts to rock balladry. But either way, it's well-played, well-polished and absolutely necessary.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
A few days ago I was listening to the radio when the announcer was sounding off about Jet's new release - which he said was the same as all their others - ripping off classic rock riffs. He then played a few songs to prove his point. I remember thinking at the time - bitter much? I mean there he is, playing tunes on a Sydney radio station that less than five per cent of the city's population listens to (according to the latest Nielsen survey) and there they are, at the start of a 33-gig national tour supporting Aussie legends Powderfinger. I know who I'd rather be.
But I'll concede the announcer had a point, after listening to this album all the way through today. That's something I haven't really done, becasue I put most of it on the gymPod (a Shuffle) when I first got it so I've generally only heard the songs by themselves.
So let's play the game! Well, you can see just from the album cover this band is screaming "rip-off", as it closely resembles the artwork on the cover of The Beatles' Revolver (reviewed just a few days ago.) Last Chance is an AC/DC riff, we all know Are You Gonna Be My Girl is Iggy Pop, while I hear some Status Quo on Roll Over DJ. Look What You've Done is very Beatles, but with a hint of Oasis (made a fool of everyone?) and then Get What You Need moves back to a Quo-ishness. Move On is somewhere between the Eagles and Neil Young, while Radio Song confused me because I couldn't pin it down. Get Me Outta Here and Cold Hard Bitch are AC/DC all over, Come Around Again has has a West Coast feel (Henley?) Take It or Leave It is sorta Zeppelin, Lazy Gun is weird because it goes between T Rex and Pink Floyd (who knew that could work in a mash-up?) and then Timothy is definitely Floyd.
Wasn't that fun? Ah, come on, Jet are everybody's favourite covers band playing their own songs. Don't you think?
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
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