Nic Cester

"Sugar Rush"

(Bloodlines); (Pop/rock)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Jet only made three albums in their career but their songs will always be remembered as some of the finest bursts of Aussie rock to hit the world.

Back when they started, lead singer/rhythm guitarist Nic Cester was just ploughing through his early twenties and he was fronting a band that achieved mega success extremely quickly who rocked hard and rocked loud.

Now, at nearly 40 he has produced his first solo album, and the freedom which his release from the confines of being in a band and simply just being old enough to not have to prove anything, has given him the chance to dabble in a whole bunch of genres, all of which he seems to cover off on remarkably well.

From the trippy haze of Psichebello to the Empire Of The Sun flavoured Who Do You Think You Are and the electronica infused beats of Not Fooling Anyone, the barriers are down and there’s fun to be had.

There’s so much here to surprise and delight – the soulful bass riffs that stalk through Hard Times, theswirling string arrangements swirling through God Knows, the sleazy nightclub funk of Neon Lights and always his richly powerful voice that slips so easily from a smoothly gorgeous and sweetly listenable strain into a sandpaper rasp without pause or restraint.

Produced by Jim Abbiss, whose pedigree includes work with Adele and the Arctic Monkeys, and supported by Italian band Calibro 35, the sound is muscular and taut throughout, providing strong support for Cester’s gravelly voice without stepping in the way.

First time alone and he sounds splendid.

Grand.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.