Day 6: Shine On – Jet

Day 6: Shine On – Jet

Tracklisting

  1. L’esprit D’escalier
  2. Holiday
  3. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
  4. Bring It On Back
  5. That’s All Lies
  6. Hey Kids*
  7. Kings Horses
  8. Shine On
  9. Come On Come On
  10. Stand Up
  11. Rip It Up
  12. Skin and Bones
  13. Shiny Magazine
  14. Eleanor
  15. All You Have To Do
*American Version Only

About the Album

Shine On, is the second studio album of Australian rock band Jet. It was released on September 30 2006 in Australia, and worldwide on October 2-3 2006. There were four singles from Shine On:

  1. “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” – released 18 September 2006
  2. “Bring It on Back” – released 20 November 2006
  3. “Rip It Up” – released 27 November 2006
  4. “Shine On” – released 12 December 2006

Thoughts on the Tracklist

The tracklisting of Shine On, is a lot broader than what most people think. Seriously a hybrid of heavy metal and Krautrock that opens “That’s All Lies”? No one can come up with that, nor “Shiny Magazines'” oddly effective cocktail of Be My Baby drama and West Coast harmony pop. The ballad “Eleanor” further suggests out-of-the-box thinking, albeit by the simple expedient of 1960s influence.

The thunderous “Rip It Up” and “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” hardly amount to rocket science, but it would take a concerted effort to suppress a smile while listening to them. Listening to these two hard-charging songs, one can’t help by either air band along with it or finger tap along to the beat. Extremely catchy. More over: tracks “Rip It Up”, “That’s All Lies”, and “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” are as ball-stomping, heart-thumping, and dance-ready as any of the party classics from the last album

Some of the drawbacks with the tracklisting are some of the lyrics. Not exactly top notch. Of course, this aside from the title track, “Shine On” which is a touching tribute to Cester’s late father.

Thoughts on the Album

I’ll admit… this album is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s not the best, and far from the worst, it just doesn’t quite live up to Get Born’s level. There are no terrible tracks, a few simply ok, but the majority are excellent. The album is full of heavy chords, fast beats, and cleaver melodies. British music magazine NME was quoted as,

Another joyfully old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll album immersed in the classics

The album did hit number 16 overall on the Billboard 200 in 2006-07.

Conclusion

Let’s face it… if you listen to this album, you’re not looking for or expecting intellectual enlightenment. That’s okay, you don’t have to be. Shine On is trad-rock ordinaire, yet something lifts it out of the ordinary… maybe its the freewheeling vitality, or the occasional musical surprise it springs. Perhaps most appealingly, given the current inhibitions of mainstream rock, Shine On doesn’t appear to give a damn.

Simply put… it’s a fun album to listen to, so stop taking your rock so seriously for 51 minutes and enjoy!

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