Sound — 9
Jet's debut album released almost exactly three years ago was received with a fair amount of fanfare. By 2003, the traditional garage rock stylings had started in full force. Bands such as The Darkness, Silvertide, Kings Of Leon, Jet and most recently Wolfmother have hollowed out their own section in the modern music branch with this brand of garage rock. Jet has since become a parody of themselves or often times the musicians they mimmick. Critics site the bands "borrowing" of Iggy Pop's drum beat and AC/DC's guitar phrasing as one of the main reasons that will seperate the audience of this particular band. The sound is very similar between all of these bands. They go for the dirty Marshall amplifier, Gibson guitars and a '70s throwback of a vocalist. To people who enjoy that era of music come through their 2006 speakers as fresh material, the sound of this album will make you drool.
Lyrics — 7
"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" is a song that could've been used on Get Born. There are a couple standout tracks but most of them in the lyrical department fall short. "Stand Up" is an example of trying too hard. This album unlike Get Born has a more intimate side with ballads which show the band has gone in another creative direction. I wouldn't go as far as to call it "musical growth" by any means but it's a side of Jet we didn't see enough of on their debut album. "Kings Horses" and "Eleanor" do show a glimpse of what Jet sounds like when they drop the masculine facade for a moment to come through on a sensitive level. There is a moment during "Hey Kids" where you find yourself wanting to like the song because of its catchy-ness but can't because of the Vietnam reference. Leave that to Neil Young guys. Although the strength of the album lyrically comes from the ballads, they do sound to be very Oasis-esque.
Overall Impression — 8
As a reviewer you must approach this genre of music with a ambiguous sense of objectivity. It is what it is. The sophomore album of any band is the measuring stick of their talent and in many cases displays a bands ability to stick around or fade away. Although the strength of the album lyrically comes from the ballads, they do sound to be very Oasis-esque. One thing you do notice on the album is that the band did a convincing job of being sincere and the dedication they had to completing this album does show. As far as the sophomore album curse goes, the band avoids the myth and the positives of the album out-weigh the negatives. The negatives are there and they could've been a concern but if the band stays on track with the sophisticated approach to their craft, it may pay off more than the arena rock sound they became famous for.