February 3, 2004

A Crapload Of Music: Part One

A while back, I asked you guys for some music recommendations and I received a lot of comments - THANK YOU! Well, I received a little monetary award for my performance at work so I took your suggestions and a wishlist of my own and went shopping. I bought a shitload of several CDs and I thought I'd start telling you about them since you were kind enough to share your ideas with me.

Band: Jet
Album: Get Born

At first, I was a little concerned that this was going to be a straight balls-to-the-wall low-fi pseudo-punk bluesy rock album. You get a prize if you can figure out what that sentence means and provide an example...that I know about. Turns out its not. While it opens with a jolt, it quickly evolves into a gritty blues-based straight rock album that is nothing if not catchy. Clearly these guys are having fun and making the music that really inspires them. That said, there is almost nothing original about Get Born. Jet borrows from all the major players in classic rock - from The Stones and Beatles to Thin Lizzy and classic Elton John. I kept noticing that, upon first listen, I actually began humming other songs. Bachman Turner Overdrive and Golden Earring haunted "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" while Lynyrd Skynyrd was conjured up by "Look What You've Done." Not that there's anything wrong with that. But if you're looking for originality, go elsewhere. If you're just jonesin' for some plain ond rock, Get Born will do it for you.

P.S. Scott - I hope this answers your last question to me. Sorry I've been out of touch. Get back to you soon!

Posted by Chris at February 3, 2004 5:15 PM

Throw out the punk element and you might want to check out Jack O'Neill...I think there are clips of his out at www.awaremusic.com. He's the Jacko of Jackopierce.

The more I listen, the more I really like his vocals.

If you check it out, let me know what you think.

Posted by: Joe at February 3, 2004 5:29 PM

I downloaded got "Get Born" and I really enjoyed it. You're right about it not being all that original. They reminded me a LOT of a mix between the Beatles, Oasis, and Tom Petty (depending on what song I was listening to at the moment). It's a wonderful CD, though. I adore "Look What You've Done" for some reason. It makes me want to belt out the lyrics. They're very easy to learn, considering they replay the chorus a ton of times. :)

Posted by: Jessica at February 3, 2004 6:29 PM

PS - When you mentioned: "straight balls-to-the-wall low-fi pseudo-punk bluesy rock album" you made me think of The Strokes... Because that's sort of what I was thinking when I heard Jet...

Posted by: Jessica at February 3, 2004 6:29 PM

I never heard of Jet. But in response to Joe's post--I went to high school (in CT) with Carey Pierce of Jackopierce--talk about six degrees of separation...And don't ask me why, but I remember the name of his high school band--Pseudo Blue. We had a battle of the bands one year, and I think they played in it.

Posted by: Missy at February 4, 2004 10:13 AM

Love-love-love-the song, "Are you gonna be my girl". Rock on!

Posted by: Hunter at February 5, 2004 12:59 AM