A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they shouldn't let this group's semi-grubby look fool them. It's true that Jet is interested in projecting a down-and-dirty rock vibe, but not by being obscene or going overboard. They like women and bars -- pretty standard young rock guy stuff. But it's not too overt, and certainly not as bad as some of their pop-rock contemporaries.
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What's the story?
On GET BORN, Jet does a great job of revisiting basic '70s guitar rock, being influenced by the likes of the Exile on Main Street era Rolling Stones, the Kinks, AC/DC, and even a dab of late-era Beatles. The structure is simple but not simplistic -- meaning that they count to four like most garage rockers, but can occasionally surprise you with a structural change. A few songs, like \"Rollover D.J.,\" grind the old-familiar riff, but others flower with overlaying guitar and building dynamics, especially in the slower songs. You can almost hear \"Wild Horses\" on \"Move On,\" with its country-blues acoustic guitar and well-placed slide guitar.
Is it any good?
Jet is seeped in real rock music, but doesn't go over-the-top in subject matter or lyrics. The lyrics have meat without trying to do too much, and the production is basic but right there in your face throughout the whole record. It's good the first time, and gets a bit better with every listen, though no one will confuse them with Led Zeppelin -- or even their fellow Australians in AC/DC. The band's goal is to balance rock cred with MTV compatibility, so as to draw in your 14-year-old's allowance money.