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.