Nic Cester Sugar Rush“When it’s over, it’s over,” Nic Cester reflects on his debut solo album. “It’s time, I know I must move on.”

Earlier this year, Cester’s band, the world-conquering Jet, re-formed to tour Australia with Bruce Springsteen. The success of the shows suggested a new Jet album would be on the way. But Cester has taken this solo detour instead, and it’s a surprisingly eclectic musical adventure. Whereas Jet copped a pasting from many critics for being a pastiche of classic rock, Sugar Rush – recorded in Milan and London – is an assortment of diverse delights. Cester sounds like an old bluesman on the title track, which operates as the album opener; Psichebello serves up some heavy psychedelia, Not Fooling Anyone whips up a searing groove as it takes a swipe at musical insincerity (“You’re singing someone else’s song, and I just don’t believe”), while Hard Times is a slow-burning gem.

Sugar Rush is inventive but never self-indulgent; each track is tight and concise. It shows that some rock lives do have a second act. File next to Davey Lane’s similarly impressive I’m Gonna Burn Out Bright.

Sugar Rush is out now via Bloodlines/Mushroom.

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