October 19, 2006

Jet's Shine On

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Every band nowadays is involved in some kind of musical revival: post-punk revival, new wave revival, garage rock revival, what-have-you. Australian rock quartet Jet is the epitome of a revival band. On their newest, Shine On, the title track takes its name from the chorus of John Lennon’s solo piece “Instant Karma,” and the rest of their sound can be categorized as a mixture of “Get Back” and a lot of the Rolling Stones ’70s albums. The opening and closing cuts, “L’esprit d’escalier” and “All You Have to Do” could have come right out of the Abbey Road “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” medley. “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” their first single, is straight up T. Rex, from whom they borrow the title of their earliest EP Dirty Sweet. The Aussies evoke the early ’70s down and dirty, gritty rock sound and they don’t necessarily sound innovative, but since they model themselves after good music, their tunes are still enjoyable.