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click to enlarge Jet   - Shine On  -  -  - Atlantic  -  - Sounds like: Classic rock for the iPod - generation -  - Short take: Rock radio's new most-played -  - From the moment Australia's Jet appeared in 2003, with - its guitar-driven intro to radio single "Cold Hard Bitch," - you sensed the outfit wasn't pulling any punches. It's this - power-chord vibe that has thankfully crept its way back - into the band's Shine On. The obvious struggle - for the quartet is balancing its hard rock tendencies ("Rip - it Up") with a more pop, obviously Beatles-influenced, - approach ("Shine On" and "Stand Up").  John - Benson Beck  - The Information  -  -  - Interscope  -  - Sounds like: Odelay, Part IV -  - Short take: Would've killed in '97 -
  • Jet

    Shine On

    Atlantic

    Sounds like: Classic rock for the iPod generation

    Short take: Rock radio's new most-played

    From the moment Australia's Jet appeared in 2003, with its guitar-driven intro to radio single "Cold Hard Bitch," you sensed the outfit wasn't pulling any punches. It's this power-chord vibe that has thankfully crept its way back into the band's Shine On. The obvious struggle for the quartet is balancing its hard rock tendencies ("Rip it Up") with a more pop, obviously Beatles-influenced, approach ("Shine On" and "Stand Up"). John Benson Beck

    The Information

    Interscope

    Sounds like: Odelay, Part IV

    Short take: Would've killed in '97

click to enlarge You've got to hand it to Beck: He's an oddball, he knows - he's an oddball and he makes music for oddballs. But on - The Information, Beck's 12th (!) release, it all - starts to tire. If you replaced this disc with any of his - other recent efforts, would anyone notice? Well, when it - comes down to it, loyal Beck fans might miss "I Think I'm - in Love," which is as good as Beck gets, as well as - "Strange Apparition" and its welcome piano touches. -  Pete Freedman
  • You've got to hand it to Beck: He's an oddball, he knows he's an oddball and he makes music for oddballs. But on The Information, Beck's 12th (!) release, it all starts to tire. If you replaced this disc with any of his other recent efforts, would anyone notice? Well, when it comes down to it, loyal Beck fans might miss "I Think I'm in Love," which is as good as Beck gets, as well as "Strange Apparition" and its welcome piano touches. Pete Freedman
click to enlarge Evanescence  - The Open Door  -  -  - Wind-Up  -  - Sounds like: If Celine and Ozzy mated -  - Short take: What Would Amy Lee Do? -  - Evanescence was everywhere after 2004's Anywhere - But Home. On The Open Door, Evanescence - seems primed for similar success  perhaps with more - singles. "Call Me When You're Sober," one of the great - track titles ever, is already dominating pop and rock - stations, and "Sweet Sacrifice" seems a perfect second - release. Whether you dig the heavy sound or not, Lee's - talent is undeniable.  Pete Freedman
  • Evanescence

    The Open Door

    Wind-Up

    Sounds like: If Celine and Ozzy mated

    Short take: What Would Amy Lee Do?

    Evanescence was everywhere after 2004's Anywhere But Home. On The Open Door, Evanescence seems primed for similar success perhaps with more singles. "Call Me When You're Sober," one of the great track titles ever, is already dominating pop and rock stations, and "Sweet Sacrifice" seems a perfect second release. Whether you dig the heavy sound or not, Lee's talent is undeniable. Pete Freedman

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