Jet, 'Shaka Rock' (Real Horrorshow/Five Seven)

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Shaka Rock
Critical Mass
Label: Real Horrorshow/Five Seven

by David Peisner

Jet's third album, just like their second, is stuffed with swaggering, anthemic rock that you'll swear someone else already wrote, which rarely compromises its appeal. "She's a Genius" rejiggers the riff from "My Sharona" into a snarling rock blast; "Goodbye Hollywood" is the best cliché-smitten Stones rip-off you'll hear this year; and the stuttering, infectious "Let Me Out" imagines the Replacements with their shit together. There's plenty of groan-inducing lyrical inanity, and one can only assume the reggae-rock abomination "Beat on Repeat" was a misguided effort to branch out. Sometimes the middle of the road is the proper path.

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