Shaka Rock

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Shaka Rock
Studio album by Jet
Released 19 August 2009 (2009-08-19)
(see release history)
Recorded October 2008 - April 2009 Los Angeles
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:50
Label EMI
Virgin Records
Eleven Seven Music
Producer Jet & Chris "Frenchie" Smith
Jet chronology
Shine On EP
Shaka Rock

Shaka Rock is the third and final studio album by Australian rock band Jet, released on 21 August 2009.[1]


The band began working on the album in 2008. After touring was completed for their previous album, Shine On, the band took a short break. The album was originally thought to be released in late 2008 but a secret show was played in Melbourne in December 2008 only to debut new material. Various tracks that are featured on the album were played at this concert including the first single "She's a Genius". In an interview with MTV's Ruby Rose on Channel 10's 7pm Project, it was said two unnamed tracks were recorded in Australia, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney.[citation needed] The album was posted on 20 August 2009 on the band's MySpace page.

The track "K.I.A (Killed in Action)" was added to Jet's website in early April 2009. first reported on the album in late April 2009 - drawing on information from the leaked press kit and providing the image of the album cover.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Age 3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
Billboard (favourable)[4]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[5]
Los Angeles Times (mixed)[6]
Mojo 2/5 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars
Spin 6/10 stars[9]
Uncut 2/5 stars[7]

The album's reception has been mixed and mostly neutral, although Q Magazine rated "K.I.A" in the Q50 for September 2009 and the album as a whole fell just outside the magazine's best fifty albums of the year. The record has been made Entertainment Weekly Picks of The Week for 23 August.[10]


Although not confirmed as an official single, the song "K.I.A. (Killed in Action)" was uploaded to the band's official website. The first single from the album was confirmed to be the track "She's a Genius", which went to radio on 22 June and was available for free download at AOL Music on the same day for 24 hours.[11] "Black Hearts (On Fire)" was released as the album's second single and received extensive airplay in Australia. "Seventeen" was the third single taken from the album, rising and peaking at #31 on the Singles chart during its fifth week on the chart and eventually being certified Gold status. "La Di Da" was the fourth single released from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Nic Cester, except for where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "K.I.A. (Killed in Action)"   3:31
2. "Beat on Repeat" (N. Cester, C. Cester) 2:32
3. "She's a Genius"   3:01
4. "Black Hearts (On Fire)" (N. Cester, Muncey) 3:14
5. "Seventeen" (N. Cester, C. Cester, Muncey) 3:41
6. "La Di Da"   2:55
7. "Goodbye Hollywood"   4:13
8. "Walk" (N. Cester, Muncey) 3:07
9. "Times Like This" (N. Cester, Muncey, Wilson, C. Cester) 3:22
10. "Let Me Out"   3:12
11. "Start the Show" (N. Cester, Muncey, Wilson) 3:59
12. "She Holds a Grudge" (N. Cester, Muncey) 4:17
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Don't Break Me Down"   3:35
14. "Everything Will Be Alright"   2:54
Vinyl bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "One Hipster One Bullit"   2:12
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Look What You've Done" (iTunes Originals version) 3:54
14. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" (iTunes Originals version) 3:34
15. "Never Tear Us Apart" (acoustic; pre-order only) 3:18

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan 19 August 2009 EMI
Australia 21 August 2009
United States 25 August 2009
United Kingdom 7 September 2009
Brazil 8 September 2009


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[12] 5
UK Albums Chart 53
Billboard 200 27


  1. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ Craig Mathieson (21 August 2009). "Shaka Rock Jet". The Age (Melbourne). 
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim (2009-08-25). "Shaka Rock - Jet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ Jason Lipshutz. "Jet, "Shaka Rock"". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Jet, 'Shaka Rock'". The Boston Globe. 
  6. ^ "Pop & Hiss". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Shaka Rock at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Jet: Shaka Rock". 
  9. ^ "Jet, 'Shaka Rock' (Real Horrorshow/Five Seven)". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Entertainment Weekly's Picks of the Week -". CNN. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  11. ^ "Jet Announce Worldwide Release Of Highly Anticipated New Album Shaka Rock | Altsounds.Com News". 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  12. ^ "Acharts: The E.N.D. Chart Positions". Retrieved 2009-08-16.