The difficult second album has brought many bands back to Earth after a promising debut. With Shine On, Australian hard rockers Jet do their level best to avoid the follow-up doldrums. While nothing here is as immediate and memorable as "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?," the album stacks up well against Get Born. Working again with Dave Sardy, the band maintains its tough and alive sound and delivers the same mix of energetic rockers and introspective ballads as before.
How times change. For years after its release Oasis' Be Here Now was held up as a sort of musical Millennium Dome, a vainglorious nadir for 90s rock, prima facie evidence of the terrible havoc that cocaine can wreak not merely on a great band, but an entire era. More recently, however, it has been difficult not to gaze upon Be Here Now with a wistful eye.