Synth-Poppers Wet's Debut 'Don't You' Is Lovely -- But Forgettable: Album Review

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In interviews leading up to Don’t You, their long-gestating debut, Brooklyn synth-pop minimalists Wet discussed the pressure of being on Columbia. Without blaming the label, singer Kelly Zutrau suggested the trio had overthought its sound and included a couple of songs that, ideally, she would have left off. Now that Don’t You has landed -- more than two years after the beautiful self-titled EP that first got Wet noticed -- her comments make total sense. It’s just unclear which of these sleek, spacious, sad-sack slow jams she and multi-instrumentalist bandmates Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow might’ve cut. Accented by piano, glassy guitars, occasional strings and vocal harmonies inspired by ’90s R&B, the project’s highlights -- “Deadwater,” “Weak” and “You’re the Best” -- aren’t all that dissimilar from its lesser tracks: lovely, yet forgettable. In terms of emotional commitment, SWV and TLC have taught Wet well. Personality and sonic versatility, though, are something the band will have to develop on its own.

Wet - Don't You Album Review