Shine On

Shine On

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These Aussies burst upon the scene a couple of years back, packing a winning combination of rock attitude and historical perspective -- tools they used to hammer out a heaping helping of raunchily engaging tunes that offered up everything, including the kitchen sink. The foursome don't deviate all that much from the formula they laid out on See more details below

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These Aussies burst upon the scene a couple of years back, packing a winning combination of rock attitude and historical perspective -- tools they used to hammer out a heaping helping of raunchily engaging tunes that offered up everything, including the kitchen sink. The foursome don't deviate all that much from the formula they laid out on Get Born -- a wise idea, since there's enough variety in it to keep boredom at bay and heads bobbing along lustily -- but they do throw in enough refinement to signal they don't view progress as a dirty word. That's most evident on a sprinkling of tracks that find singer-guitarist Nic Cester pumping down the volume, all the better to spotlight the chiming melodies of songs like "Come On, Come On" -- which harks back to the Summer of Love in all its DayGlo splendor -- and "Eleanor," an aggressively strummed acoustic number with close-knit harmonies to rival the Everly Brothers. Those numbers are undeniably well done, but those who prefer Jet's raw side will no doubt gravitate to "Stand Up," a stripped-down stomp that'd warm the heart of Angus Young, and the fast 'n' furious "That's All Lies." Shine On is a snapshot of a band that's definitely burning bright and seemingly in no danger of burning out.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The difficult second album has brought many bands back to Earth after a promising debut. With Shine On, Australian hard rockers Jet do their level best to avoid the follow-up doldrums. While nothing here is as immediate and memorable as "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?," the album stacks up well against Get Born. Working again with Dave Sardy, the band maintains its tough and alive sound and delivers the same mix of energetic rockers and introspective ballads as before. They attack the songs with passion, wring plenty of noise from their instruments, and generally sound enthusiastic and creative. The hard rocking songs are what the band is mainly known for and there are some good ones on board, like the pounding "Rip It Up," "Holiday," and the chest-thumping strutter "Come on Come On." Unfortunately, there are also a couple of rockers that fall flat. "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" is a far too obvious attempt to recapture of the feel of "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?," but only ends up sounding desperate. If ever a cowbell felt obligatory, it does here. A few others come up short in the lyrical department; "Stand Up" is a cringe-inducing statement of empowerment and "Holiday" is pretty silly, too. The real strength of the record, and of the band, comes through on the ballads. When they drop the tough pose and get tender, Jet create some nice moments of emotion and melancholy beauty. Sure, the ballads sound as if they were cribbed right from the Oasis playbook, from the sound of the vocals to the structure of the songs, but they don't sound phony or forced. Tunes like "Bring It on Back," "Kings Horses," and "Eleanor" are sophisticated, sensitive, and graceful-sounding, and "Shine On" provides some real emotional weight. Even better than the ballads (which anyone who gave a real listen to the first album knew they could pull off) are the midtempo songs such as "Skin and Bones," the very hooky "Hey Kids" (which overcomes a very clunky Vietnam reference in the lyrics), and "Shiny Magazine," which show a middle ground between flat-out rocking and epic balladry where Jet sounds very comfortable. Shine On is a good album that avoids the sophomore slump, but has enough moments of rote rocking to make the next record a worrisome prospect. If they manage to tip the scales toward their tender and introspective side, Jet may turn out to be a band to reckon with.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678380624
catalogNumber:
83806

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Performance Credits

Jet   Primary Artist
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Mark Wilson   Bass Guitar
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Chris Cester   Drums,Vocals
Nic Cester   Guitar,Vocals
Cameron Muncey   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Wilson   Bass,Piano
Guy Nepus   Horn
Sardy   Sitar
Kenneth Kugler   Horn
Cam Muncey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Denyse Buffum   Contributor
Jason Falkner   String Arrangements
John Wittenberg   Contributor
D. Sardy   Producer
Suzie Katayama   Contributor
Max Vadukul   Cover Photo
Chris Cester   Composer
Nic Cester   Composer
Cameron Muncey   Composer
Ryan Castle   Engineer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Steve Richards   Contributor
Michelle Richards   Contributor
Cameron Barton   Engineer
Steve Hesketh   Composer

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Shine On 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
burninfire More than 1 year ago
get it! worth the whole album!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago