Jeff Scott Soto and his mates from W.E.T. are back with Rise Up. AOR and melodic rock fans know that JSS never fails to deliver and if one likes the debut, then this should please you. The opener Walk Away will hook you up immediately and after another rocker they slow down for the title track Rise Up, a powerful tune with a catchy vocal line. With On The Run they deliver a heavy melodic rocker and somehow this one sticks out - for me the highlight of the album. Towards the end of the album they present a touching balladesque rocker which is called Still Believe In Us. But I think it would have been even stronger as a ballad without the rock parts... Anyway, they close this chapter with Still Unbroken. The Swedish-American cooperation is delivering a great album which won't disappoint their fans!
This new album from W.E.T. is not answering the prayers of a quality album from their hands. They have put together 12 new songs, but it is a sound so mainstream, that it is hard to remember them for positive qualities. Their biggest strength is a solid vocal side, but the guitar sound is very pale, even confusing from time to time. They have the talent, they can really play with a soft and symphonic sound, the outcome of the songs anyway stands boring and tend to be anonymous due to lack of variation in the creation of the songs. There are 3 ballads on the CD that can up the level a little, and the rock song Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is has some good and strong pumping guitars, but that is the facts about this album as I see them. Hope they do better next time.
W.E.T. is another project of Jeff Scott Soto, an extraordinary singer. W.E.T is Robert Säll - guitarist of Work Of Art -, Erik Martensson (Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto of Talisman, and this is the origin of their name. The self-titled debut is presenting AOR / hard rock on a high level. So the opener Invincible has powerful riffing and symphonic keyboard sounds plus emotional vocals. Even some progressive elements. If you love Jeff Scott Soto's voice and the albums of Giant and Alias are still played frequently, then you should check this one out! Fans of Journey might find it a bit heavy, but let them enchant you! Actually you can pick every song, and won't be disappointed! There are rockers and ballads, but no showing off egos! The powerful balladesque Come Down Like Rain is focusing on Jeff's vocals. Magnus Henriksson plays guitar on this one and during the solo he kinda picks up the vocal melody and expands it. Especially at I'll Be There the guitar is taking over the melody line during a solo part, but shows some leads towards the end which kinda compeed with the vocals and leave the vocal line behind. The opening scream at Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is has a Coverdale-ish touch and the song reminds me a bit of Whitesnake's 1987 album... One of my favorite songs is One Day At A Time, another balladesque one, but with Just Go they rock again! The closer is called If I Fall, after a powerful balladesque beginning the song becomes a melodic rocker, but returns to the opening theme more then once.
Fans of Jeff Scott Soto will buy this album anyway, but if everybody who likes bands like Giant, Alias and similar acts should check out this debut album! I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love with it!