Adventures Of Jet - Muscle (Cover Artwork)

Adventures Of Jet

Adventures Of Jet: MuscleMuscle (2003)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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This Dallas Texas trio is not your typical synth-pop rock. While they are poppy and every song is drenched with synthesizers, there are some key differences that could turn those of you opposed to the genre to their side. The first is the complexity of the synth parts. Not just anyone could play .
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This Dallas Texas trio is not your typical synth-pop rock. While they are poppy and every song is drenched with synthesizers, there are some key differences that could turn those of you opposed to the genre to their side. The first is the complexity of the synth parts. Not just anyone could play these parts; most bands in this genre have keyboard parts you could play with one finger. AOJ's synth parts span the majority of every song and are quite technical and not repetitive, and they act as countermelodies instead of most bands' three note loop parts. They also use some really cool different synth sounds, nodding to their new wave influences.

Another thing that sets this band apart is their fondness for the concept album. This album, their second, has the running theme of muscle cars, hence the title. But it's not as shallow as it sounds, it delves into the adolescent life associated with racing and, even deeper, into the idea that these crazy teens are trying to hold onto their youth, not wanting their best days to be in the past. They pull this off well most of the time, but some of the lyrics still come off as silly. Lyrics like: "One flash, one burst / I always end up first / I'm tired of always winning / I'm going home where I always lose" from "Home, Where I always Lose" and "I'm not gonna drag tonight / No, I'm not in the mood for a fight" from "Drag" are funny at first listen, but nevertheless these two songs are damn catchy and two of my favorites on the album. Another great track would be "Run Charger," with its driving beat and spacey background vocals behind a cool melody, and harpsichord-sounding keyboards in the bridge.

Individually, I like every song, but listening to the entire album is a bit tough. For one, it's long (12 long songs at 52 minutes), and the songs are too similar. The tempos and dynamics vary little from song to song, and I could have used a rest from the poppy-ness in the middle of the album with maybe a ballad-type song, or one in a minor key even, but they won't give us one. Overall, this album is good, just a bit long-winded and silly sounding at times. Synth fans will dig this for sure, and the rest of you may want to give it a shot in two or three songs bursts.


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Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

you know why i will judge them with the Gamits, because they played with them. i am not comparing them to the Gamits dipshit, it is just that the Gamits were headlining the show. I can see shows with different types of bands and appreciate them both. AOJ just sucked, maybe it was an off night or something I don't know, but based on that live show (which is all i was basing my comment on) they sucked. They sucked balls.


Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

Great album. "Coping with" was a much better album. But what makes these guys great is their ability to change up their sound and still be great. Cheers to them. (Also, don't judge this band when you saw them with the Gamits. Two different bands that are both great in their own right)

gutterhippo (March 30, 2003)

did anyone see these guys with the gamits in fort collins, co? they kicked ass, but the crowd and venue were kinda lame. one bad thing about the band is that a lot of their songs sound really familiar. I had heard "Don't Make it So Hard" on a comp i have, but i only really knew the chorus of the song. When I saw them live, I seriously thought that half the songs they played were that song. this could mean that their songs are very very similar, or it could just mean that this is such a new and refreshing sound to me that it was hard for me to differentiate. in any case, see these guys live if you have a chance!

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

i saw them with the Gamits and they blew me away. I was a little unsure whether I'd like them but when they took the stage, it was incredible. It's a good break from the same mundane crap that's being produced today. i still gotta pick up this album.

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

I saw this band play with the Gamits a few weeks ago and they really didn't impress me. They pretty much killed the whole show, but I wouldn't say they were horrible. I think their sound would be much better on CD than watching a grown man in sweat pants hop up and down on stage playing synth. Also, every song sounded the same, or at least the intros did and by the time they got through those I lost interest pretty quick. Who knows, I guess people listen to the Used too. (but i would still like to have hope)

cheers, stamos

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

I LOVED Coping With Insignificance, but I thought this one was horrendous. Unlistenable, almost.

maverick (March 28, 2003)

Find me a bigger picture of the artwork and I'll make it bigger. That's the biggest picture I could find.


Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

What's with the art work--why is it so small?

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

I think this album is a masterpiece. The first time I listened to it, I thought it wouldn't live up to their first album, but listen after listen grabbed me even more and I think it is easily an early contender for album of the year. I am sure the emo/hardcore hipsters will snub their noses at this, but no bands put this much effort into their albums. I give this record a 10!

pope_schlomo (March 28, 2003)

i saw this for 3 bucks yet i got new bomb turks "scared straight" for the same price (a great album). to me they sound like a poor man's hippos.


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