Sound — 7
Just when good rock music had appeared to have fell off the map, along came Jet in 2003. Get Born has sold over 4 million copies to date, and is an album I doubt Jet will ever top. From Mark Wilson's catchy bass runs, to Chris's incredible drumming talent, to his brother Nic's intense howl on songs like, Cold Hard Bitch, and Take It Or Leave It, the album kicked ass. Especially for any fan of AC/DC, The Kinks, The Who, or The Rolling Stones, this album bore a similar sound. And now in 2006 loyal Jet fans from all over the globe rushed out to buy Shine On, the bands second album. And many, including myself, found it a bit dissapointing. Shine On is a tribute to Nic, and Chris's late father who died of cancer. And the songs on the album like Shine On, Bring It On Back, King Horses, and Shiny Magazine, just seem to lack that 60's and 70's rock inspired sound Jet had created. We saw a similar sound to The Beatles, and Oasis on the album, but that hard in your face kickass rock n roll was almost absent on the album. Sure we did see a few songs on the album like, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Rip It Up, and Stand Up, which contained that same formula Jet used to write songs from Get Born. But it just wasn't enough.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on Shine On, are definitely a bit more heartfelt, and meaningful than Get Born's lyrics did. But in the history of rock music, emphasis has never been put on a songs lyrics, but more on loud sheering guitar riffs, and in your face drumming. When you bought an AC/DC album, you didn't buy it to listen to Brian Johnson's lyrics, maybe for his voice, near capable of peeling paint, but not for his lyrics. That is part of the reason why myself, and other Jet fans were disapointed with Shine On. It seemed like they were focusing too much on the lyrics than the actual music. But if you want to focus on Shine On's lyrics they did have meaning. For example the song Shine On was a tribute to Nic and Chris's late father, and the song Rip It Up was inspired by Paris Hilton. On Get Born the band seemed to just throw in words to match the music. Jet really did put more meaning and thought into lyrics on the new album.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, Shine On was still a good album. I listen to it a lot and still like the sound Jet had. It's just when compared to Get Born, I think it is really no contest. I loved how on Get Born you could listen to the entire album without changing tracks. Songs like Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, and Rip It Up still give us something to hold onto. We know Jet still has that in your face sound, we just need to hear more of it on the next album. If someone broke into my home and stole Shine On, I would definitely go buy another copy. I can't wait for the third album.