Jet - Get Born


Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 11:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 11:12 a.m.

Like Noel and Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Ray and Dave Davies (The Kinks) and Malcolm and Angus Young (AC/DC) before them, two brothers from abroad appear poised to change the face of rock music with their debut platinum album.

Nic and Chris Cester of Jet, a hard-charging quartet from Melbourne, Australia, are making a statement on their electrifying album, "Get Born."

Their infectious sound combines catchy anthem rock with vintage guitar and keyboards on some tracks. This very diverse album contains raw, youthful energy on some of the faster tracks and melody beyond their years on the slower ones. Lead singer Nic Cester has a voice that sounds just as good singing as screaming.

Jet's impressive debut displays their diverse sound and natural talent for writing contagious rock songs. The band already has two hit singles. Their first, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl," was featured on the soundtrack of Madden 2004. The video for the song brings art to life with the same flowery, black-and-white artwork that adorns the CD case. Their follow-up single, "Cold Hard Bitch," more of an AC/DC arena rock anthem, has received similar popular attention.

Lead singer Nic Cester's voice perfectly complements all of the tracks from the slower rock ballads "Look What You`ve Done" and "Radio Song" to the fast-paced surfer rock anthem "Take It Or Leave It." With the waves of Australia and Jet's classic rock schooling, some surfer rock was bound to creep into such a diverse album. Nic brings the swagger of Jagger on tracks like "Get Me Outta Here" and "Move On" and the sentimentality of The Beatles on "Radio Song."

All of the songs have their merits, but "Timothy" and "Lazy Gun" fall flatly repetitive and almost annoying. In the ironically titled, "Radio Song," the band is down on itself with the chorus saying "this won't be played on your radio tonight." There is great vocal blending on this Beatles-influenced track with a surprisingly hard guitar solo near the end and an outro with lots of na na's, something the Beatles originally made famous on "Hey Jude."

Another song, "Come Around Again" sounds sort of like a slower Oasis track. This British band is one of Jet's major influences. Let's just hope that Nic and Chris Cester don't drink and fight as much as them or their success could be short lived.

Jet is a naturally talented band, which means they'll only get better. This is a very good thing when you consider how much potential they display on their first effort. If you're sick of stale music, check out Jet. They are playing in Orlando on July 16 tour with Sloan and The Anyones at 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues.

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