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W.E.T. 'Retransmission' Album Review By JD Rich

W.E.T.

Retransmission

Frontiers Music s.r.l.

January 22, 2021

Album Review by JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

More melodic Rock gushed from my speakers for the second time today when I launched into another album review. I was delighted when a familiar name popped up, like an old friend stopping by for an audio visit. So let’s dive in and get soaking W.E.T.!

 

Jeff Scott Soto is back, less than two months after I reviewed his solo release Wide Awake (In My Dreamland). This time he’s singing for a band he helped create over a decade ago. For those of you unfamiliar with W.E.T., or anyone who has their mind in the gutter (please move it out of the way so mine can float by), allow me to share what I learned about the moniker. This is an acronym of three other bands these musicians have ties to. Guitarist/keyboardist Robert Såll is from Work of Art, rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Erik Mårtensson, lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Bäck hail from Eclipse, and Soto as vocalist for Talisman. There you have it: W.E.T. So much for your musical history lesson of the day. Let’s move on, shall we?

 

Retransmission is the fourth studio album by W.E.T., containing a boatload of harmonies with high-energy impact. It’s a nice reprieve from the tidal wave of Thrash/Metalcore/Death Metal that’s been crashing on our shores this past year. I guess a lot of people were pretty pissed off in 2020. Gee, I can’t imagine why. Now’s a good time to look towards the future with hope, and W.E.T. provides the perfect soundtrack to fuel our optimism. I immediately got hooked on “How Far To Babylon." This one started off vaguely reminiscent of Def Leppard’s “Rocket," but quickly went in its own direction... right into my favorites list. Memories of better times danced in my head. “You Better Believe It” reminded me of a triumphant theme song from any 80’s John Hughes movie. You know the type, where the dorky teen earns hard-earned victory after being bullied and pushed around. The more I listened to Retransmission, the more I realized the entire EP had an overall feel of overcoming impossible odds. Soto’s vocals are forceful and determined (but not obnoxious) regardless of topic content. It’s nearly impossible to be depressed while listening. From “Big Boys Don’t Cry” all the way to “One Final Kiss” it’s eleven tracks of fun enthusiasm to chase away lingering dark clouds. That times out to about 40 minutes of energetic conviction, give or take a few moments of introspection.‚Äč

 

With the new year upon us, it is time to adjust our nihilistic mindset that’s been eating away at our tattered sanity. Retransmission connects us to the wavelength we’ve missed for (what feels like) forever. Familiar yet new and authentic, we are simultaneously taking a step back as we head into the future. That reminds me, I have to pick up a 2021 calendar. The first date getting circled is January 22nd, when Retransmission is released. Then the date I have to renew my driver's license gets circled. I just hope I remember to check the calendar. It’s not easy being a hot mess.

 

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