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Your rock & roll ship has come in. Or, more rightly, your Jet has landed. This quartet from Melbourne, Australia has quickly become one of the most talked about new bands on the planet, and anyone who has heard their music or seen them in concert already knows why. Their four-song Dirty Sweet EP heralded the arrival of a naturally gifted young band who place as much emphasis on melody and gritty soul as they do on blazing guitars, and now the promise of the EP is more than fulfilled on Get Born, their full-length debut album. Produced by Dave Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, among others), Get Born's thirteen songs celebrate the magic of tight jeans, tighter harmonies and loose morals, with a scrappy swagger and a thunderous roar. One listen makes it clear why Jet have won gushing praise from NME and the rest of the UK music press for their songwriting smarts, not to mention the chaotic power of their live shows.

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Sometimes having good, original ideas is the worst thing you can do in rock music. To paraphrase Jim Dickinson on the Beastie Boys, rock and roll is theft, and it's not so much about whether or not one steals but why, how much and how well (i.e. from whom). Riff-heavy in all the right ways, this is a very well-produced retro-rock record with handclaps, catchy choruses, and plenty of attitude. They freely cop from AC/DC, the Stones, the Verve, Oasis, Humble Pie, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, and Mooney Suzuki, and they do it very well. The only problems with the album lie in the words, and in the softer material. Most of the lyrics are so banal ("Now you don't need money with a face like that, do ya") they were seemingly written by some newfangled songwriting program set to "1973." And half the album consists of ballads that are just pretty good: the Oasis-y "Look What You've Done," the Pink Floyd -esque "Timothy" and the Small Faces-ish "Move On.". But it's the mid-to-uptempo stompers that this group excels at. --Mike McGonigal

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000AQVCL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Australian group Jet lived up to their name when they sonically swooped onto the music scene with their first full-length CD - "Get Born." The lead-off single - Are You Gonna Be My Girl? - is simply one of the most compelling rock songs in recent memory. Yes, it's highly derivative of earlier rock music, but it's brilliant. How many TV shows, movies, and products immediately used the song in ads? Sure, it burned out from overexposure pretty quickly, but fortunately the CD is filled with equally gripping rock.

The band deftly combines elements of 60s and 70s rock (especially the Stones and the Who) but adds touches of more recent rock for a fresh sound. For example, "Rollover D.J." is reminiscent of Oasis. "Move On" is a mid-tempo song that incorporates an alt-country sound, a la Wilco. "Timothy" is an interesting ballad with lyrics that could have been written by David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust period. "Radio Song" has some nice prog-rock touches that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Radiohead CD. "Lazy Gun" is conceivably the pinnacle of the CD, as it changes tempo and style, weaving all over the place; it also, perhaps tellingly, sounds the least like anybody else. The lyrics, though, seem to sum up Jet's philosophy - Change nothing/ Futures in/ Close the door/ Wear a name/ Be the same/ Take some more.

Jet puts everything together so well that it's almost impossible to dislike this CD. Plus, let's face it, the artists they rip off are by and large past their prime - either disbanded or making musty music. Judged on its own merits, "Get Born" is an exceedingly strong rock record. Of course, Jet now faces the tremendous challenge of following up this CD and standing apart from the other raft of similar retro-rockers, including the Strokes, the Hives, and the Vines. Only time will tell whether the band will establish its own identity or become stale. In the meantime, this CD is highly recommended.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cary S. Whitt on October 17, 2003
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Well, as it has been said in many reviews, there's nothing new here. So what. Jet draw upon and nick everything that's good about rock-n-roll. A bit of swagger there, a pinch of drunken chaos here. Couple that kind of stuff with a simple back to basics rock record and you get music that will definitely please the rocker within. Get Born is a great debut. A debut that is basically a hybrid of ACDC, a little Oasis, and a lot of "Taken Care Of Business" (Rollover DJ). Some might see this as unoriginal and predictable. Again, it IS all this, and that my friends, is a good thing in this day and age.
Lots of high-marks throughout the records' 13 tracks. Are You Gonna Be My Girl and Rollover DJ are really great, fast paced stompin' singles. I also really like Take It Or Leave It, and Cold Hard B...., another couple of raw energy rockers that please the 70's rock soul. My only complaint is that those, with another 2 tunes from Get Born, have been included from the Dirty Sweet EP. (I always like EP's to have something not found on the full lengths) Anyway this is a great rock record. Don't expect it change your life, but do expect it to get you moving.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barry on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I came across this band becuase my wife is a new aged rock fanatic, but being practically brainwashed with REAL rock & roll music (you know, Zepplin, the Stones, Floyd, the Beatles, the Who, Jimi, the Doors, the Dead, etc.) my whole life, these Australians are one of the few bands for whom I actually have respect outside of the late 60's/early 70's realm of greats. The reason for the respect is that these guys are actually playing Rock and Roll (imagine that). They're playing to audiences who aren't crying about how bad their childhood was (Disturbed & many others), who doesn't care to hear about how daddy didn't like me (Everclear), who are a little more intelligent than to be entranced by "creativity" through sexual shock value (Puddle of Mudd & others), and who are tired of hearing bands with only ONE sound and format (Nickleback, Linkin Park, & too many others). These guys from Jet actually WRITE their OWN lyrics and PLAY their OWN instruments, which is a pretty awesome accomplishment in this age of R&B, hip-hop, the Blonde Headed Air Heads of Pop, and American Idol. Grant it, on this album I hear plenty of George Harrison and Keith Richards rip offs on the guitars, and plenty of rip offs from the drums (sounds like a couple of Beatles beats from Abbey Road and SPLHCB), but where would Rock and Roll be without Clapton, Richards, and Page stealing chords from Robert Johnson and other great bluesmen? And I've also read about how the lyrical compositions on the album were pretty weak, but I'll bet Lenny Kravitz would kill to have half of the lyrics they've written for this album (read the lyrics to "Fly Away" and "She's So Fine" sometime so you can see the "Lyrical Genius of Our Time" in full effect).Read more ›
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74 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Robby Nichols on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Just when the onslaught of rock revival bands seemed to be dying down, the Australians come marching in. Apparently, The Hives, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and The Vines aren't enough. And despite lacking "The" in the band name, Jet lands smoothly in the already overpopulated genre in nearly all other aspects.
Similar to e=mc² (minus the genius), Get Born is a formula. Take four Aussies (two of which are required to be siblings), inject some traditional rock (creating the foundation), add a little garage punk (to give the mix a bit of an edge), blend in some sloppy production (don't be stingy with the synthesized background clapping), and (of course) name one of the tracks "Take it or Leave It".
Sure, the album brings some pleasurable elements to the table. "Radio Song" is an ironic yet oddly likeable ballad, and the cynically written "Rollover D.J." is sure to turn some heads. "Get Me Outta Here" and "Get What You Need" are sure to please fans of, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", Jet's first single. "Lazy Gun" is a nice departure and "Cold Hard B****" is absolutely irresistible despite the somewhat harsh lyrics.
While Nic Cester's howling on "Look What You've Done", the flawed country ballad "Move On", and a couple short throwaway tracks might initially put off listeners, there are definitely more pros than cons within the album.
The final product? Get Born isn't so much a promising debut as it is a catchy carbon copy. Let's put it this way. If I hear Jet on the radio, I'd turn up the volume. It's not bad at all.
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