A monkey pissing in its own mouth.
Born in Australia in 2001, Jet quickly came to prominence with the release of an EP, some requisite NME hyperbole, and a record deal with Elektra. They quickly blew the FRICK up with their initial album, 2003’s Get Free – oops I mean Get Born produced by Dave Sardy and featuring the keyboard styles of Billy Preston – he played with the Beatles you know. All this information is from Wikipedia.
A fairly easy rise, riding the coat tails of the New York indie rock explosion. I don’t think Get Born is a great album, but it’s certainly not a horrible album. “Human Clay” by Creed is certainly a worse album. The songs on Get Born are solid and written to be hits, and they did their job well. Pitchfork’s review was cruel, though the music is trite. And “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” is bad.
But one song on this album rises above the turd. I’m talking, of course, about “Look What You’ve Done.” A ballad that sounds like the blueprint Tobias Jesso Jr. found in his piano bench, or whatever. This baby was built for an OC soundtrack and that is HIGH praise.
That final build that closes out the track? Man. All this talk about, “What is chillwave?” “Is this tightwave?” “Is this sick?” “Are you chill?” Fidget spinners. Fuckin’ politics and stuff. Kid Rock.
Leave all of it in the rear view, baby. Settle back and let 2003 wash over you. A simpler time, sort of, and the diamond atop Jet’s brief stay at the top. Pretty tight.