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Shaka Rock
Jet
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Reviewed: 8/30/2009 by Ryan


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Jet’s “Shaka Rock” is what they’re sophomore album “Shine On” should have been. I think about the reasoning when bands come out of the gates like Jet did with a first album and come back with an album like “Shine On.” The first record was pretty poppy but pop markets saw them as a rock band that they were happy to play. The second record was more about the rock but rock markets saw them as a pop band that they didn’t want to play songs. “Shaka Rock” is what you would expect. Lessons have been learned and balance has been established. There are poppy singles on this record that will have you tapping your feet and then there are rock songs that will have you bobbing your head. The balance has been established, but what’s incredible is how little they had to balance when you think about it. Turn this down here, up here; change this… and its rock song. Do the opposite and it’s more of a pop song. It’s crazy how small the difference is between Jet the rock band and Jet the pop band. That’s something that’s going to follow them for the rest of their careers. That said if promoted properly this album has the potential to get the band out of the shadows of their first two hit singles. This album is the best album they’ve made so far. I’m not going to lie and say that every song on here is good because it’s not, but there’s definitely a lot of stuff on here that people with all different tastes can like. This is a good album from Jet and easily puts them back on their feet after some troubles with marketing their second record.

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