Shaka Rock

Studio Album by released in 2009

Shaka Rock review

A new rock-delivery from Australia

The Australia-based band Jet has a strict tradition of making their albums each three years. Their impressive debut, Get Born (2003), was followed by the subsequent record, Shine On, only in 2006. Now is the time to taste the third long player of these musicians. Titled Shaka Rock, it is likely to become the most favored dish in the diet of the band’s fans for a long while. After all, three years is a big deal; and since Jet has kept their supporters starving that much, the musicians have to give them something delicious and substantial. Moreover, Jet has never disappointed their followers. Shaka Rock is now possible ways a disappointment, either. It is not only a praiseful addition to the Jet discography, but also a perfect specimen of classic hard-rock with the slightest impact of the contemporary tendencies in the rock-music. Probably, it is only the level of arranging that reminds us of listening to a 2009 record, while its content is the same cheerful music from the past decades that Jet has become widely known and loved for.

Jet remain loyal to themselves

It is already the first track of the record, K.I.A. (Killed in Action), that states it clear: Jet are not intended to change their course and still play solid rock with noisy guitars and distinct rhythm. The lyrics have not hidden meanings and do not claim to the status of classic poetry, which is OK for such type of music. The choruses are easy to memorize and because of this it tempts to sing them as soon as during the second listening. The whole material is played at similar tempo with the exception of one composition. This is a tearful ballad called She Holds A Grudge. These songs are simple to get used to and to comprehend. Once you hear the first sounds of the following track, you want to jump onto you feet and dance yourself tired to death. Times should make hits out of She's A Genius, a song doomed to be a radio bomb, and, probably, the heaviest composition of all, Black Hearts (On Fire). If we describe Shaka Rock as one piece, then the best definition would be a wave of positive emotions, huge charge of power that will startle you so strong that you will want it to repeat. That is energetic hard and punk rock giving no space to complex instrumental parts and sophisticated lyrics. There is nothing difficult in it, but that’s what we sometimes need most of all!

Rock lives as long as albums like Shaka Rock live

The third long player by Jet has hardly noticeable differences from the two predecessors. If you like what these musicians had mad before its release, you are sure to like Shaka Rock too. There certainly will be those who would blame the band for the absence of progress, reluctance to try experiments and simplicity of music, but there are many listeners who do not want anything of this from Jet. All they require is another portion of energy, drive and good mood. You can be sure that you will find all these in this work, more than enough. Now that many musicians strive hard to make up something new and be not like all the others, we from time to time feel nostalgia for the times long gone and the music that played then. Of course, we can not ignore a widespread idea that hard rock is dying out nowadays, yet it does not mean that there no people who still love it. So do the members of Jet love it, and they also play it. Shaka Rock is not the first, but still a desired proof to that. When you have already three albums of a favorite band in your private collection, it is not so hard to wait till the release of the fourth one. It is not hard to wait even for another three years.