It's difficult to say anything about this album which hasn't already been said, however put simply, if you loved the debut album, you'll equally love this one too.
W.E.T. are a band who ensure the song writing, production and performances are top notch before they release anything and such attention to detail is prevalent throughout this album. It sounds loud like rock albums used to, rather than pushing the mastering so far to accommodate today's ipod earpieces.
One thing that is clear on this new release is the sound of the band. The debut was pieced together `in the studio' whereas you can hear the full band on this album. By that I mean there is a distinct `live' feel to proceedings which gives it a slightly rawer edge over the debut.
Songwise, if there is any negative to comment on, it's that some songs blend together on occasion sounding similar. Having said that, this genre of music isn't one where fans want to hear overt experimentation. They want to hear the melodies and the big chorus that is delivered on all of the twelve tracks.
It's hard to pick the best songs as they are all 100% AOR, however Learn To Live Again is a great single to kick off the launch of the album & Rise Up should be amazing live. Perhaps Walk Away should have been further up the track listing but that's a minor negative. Bad Boy is the closest WET will ever get to Poison (but Poison at their best). What You Want & The Moment are full of Def Leppard backing vocals and Still Unbroken is a pretty heavy way to end the album.
For me, top track honours must go to Broken Wings. This is an amazing song which in an ideal world would wedge itself firmly in Top 40 playlists everywhere, but alas those days are gone. Having said that, if Nickelback can still reach the Top 20, then this song should do too! Get it on a movie soundtrack and it will be massive!
Overall, I cannot give this album anything less than 10/10. There are some fabulous AOR bands out there at the moment who consistently release amazing albums. If you like Work Of Art, Eclipse, H.E.A.T., White Widdow, Sixx AM, Lionville or older acts like Def Leppard & Bon Jovi then this album is a must buy!
The trio (though now more a 5 piece) are back with a bang though dare I say it maybe not quite as loud as the debut, they just set the bar so high with that release, though still enough to knock the socks off anything else out there at the moment in this genre
JSS is amazing as ever, the guy really does have the midas touch/voice in all that he involves himself with. Eric and Marten the W and E of the band have upped the stakes in the musical and songwriting dept though not just as melodic and catchy as the debut but alot more rocky imho
A Masterpiece...if not it hasn't missed the target by much.
In 2009 the debut album from W.E.T. met with almost universal acclaim from fans, critics and champions of modern, hard melodic rock. But while it was an incredibly strong album, I never felt it was the Second Coming of heavy melodic rock the melodic masses declared it to be. It had great melodic appeal, great hooks and some excellent songs, but while it matched the best the power-rock pack had to offer it never separated itself from that pack.
Rise Up, however, the second offering from Jeff Scott Soto (lead vocals), Erik Martensson (guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals) and Robert Säll (keyboards, guitars) does as the name suggests and stands proud atop the heavy melodic rock mountain.
As evident on the debut album there's clearly a musical chemistry between the trio, but on Rise Up they have built from the debut's foundations, refined their sound and solidified their song writing partnership. Drums are again handled by Robban Bäck with additional guitars from Magnus Henriksson (band mates of Erik Martensson in Eclipse).
A ringing guitar and keyboard line quickly introduce the power chord blast of `Walk Away,' a full-on heavy melodic rocker that segues into the similarly paced `Learn to Live Again.' Both songs carry hooks that could pull a 1,200 lb Marlin out of the water. That one-two melodic heavyweight punch presents the band in full cry and Jeff Scott Soto in full rock-tenor voice.
The title track keeps up the power-rock pace but while the album is predominately hook-laden, heavy melodic rock it's no one-style-of-track pony; `Love Heals' is a well-performed if perhaps predictable power-ballad while its balladeering partner `Still Believe in Us' carries far more weight in song craft, dynamics and arrangement.
Between those ballads are a number of high-energy numbers that form the spine or core of Rise Up - the heavy harmony of `The Moment' (with Leppard-esque backing vocals), the sing-a-long hard rock and roll of `Bad Boy' and the semi-anthemic `Broken Wings' are three such examples.
The album closes with the power-rock punch of `Still Unbroken.'
If there is a criticism of Rise Up, it's simply that it follows the standard template for the genre - big sound, melodically structured mid-tempo rockers and plenty of harmonies and hooks. But in the case of Rise Up that potential weakness is its greatest strength; W.E.T. have put all those pieces together in such a well-crafted form they have created a melodically heavy highlight of 2013.
Rise Up is vibrant as opposed to formulaic and carries a contemporary feel within its classic sound.
The name W.E.T. may come from the bands that the trio are associated with - W for Work of Art (Robert Säll), E for Eclipse (Erik Martensson) and T for Talisman (Jeff Scott Soto).
But it could also stand for their initial brace of releases: W.E.T - Winner Each Time.
With their debut album, W.E.T. rocked our world in a very melodic way! The melodies, the performances, the choruses, the musicianship, everything were in a perfect harmony. The fact is that after this album, nobody expected a second one! It seemed like a one album deal and W.E.T. was like a super-group project. Nowadays, the band is back with flesh and blood and ready for the second strike!
"Rise Up" is titled the band's brand new release and, believe me, this is going to be another classic melodic hard rock record. Jeff Scott Soto, Erik Martensson, Robert Sall, Robban Back and Magnus Henriksson are back to offer to us another killer effort full of inspired guitar riffs and solos, Soto's passionate vocals and a tight as hell musicianship! I'm really blown away by this melodic masterpiece! Every single track here has a huge chorus line to whisper for days, a 'crunchy' guitar lick, some impressive big and fat drumming and overall it's a melodic bliss experience!
The opening track "Walk Away" is just a killer, totally commercial melodic hard rock tune. The chorus line seemed like it came out from the glory 80's and the solo is out of this world! "Learn To Live Again", which features some vocal duties by Erik, is the album's first single and it's simply huge. Extremely catchy with a hook and chorus to die for! "Rise Up" has a moodier feeling in it and "Love Heals" is the first big ballad. This is a classy ballad, very emotional with Soto's warm vocal performances on front row! "What You Want", "The Moment" and "Bad Boy" are all three brilliant melodic rock tunes with bombastic choruses and an up-tempo vibe that makes you wanna push the repeat button again and again!!! "On The Run" it's a good one while "Broken Wings" has a nice groove in it and reminds of Soto's solo works. "Shot" is another excellent example of what this band is capable of when it comes to some serious ass-kickin' hard rock tune. "Still Believe In Us" is yet another great ballad and "Still Unbroken", which closes the album, is a punchy harder edged rocker!
All in all, this is a superb slice of melodic hard rock stuff! As I said earlier, this is a true masterpiece. The guys achieved to outreach themselves here! Everything that we loved in their debut release is here with more passion, more power, more melody!! For sure, this record will end-up in this year's Top three releases and will make all the crazy melodic hard rockers out there happy! Well done! (originally written for heavy paradise)
I've been a fan of of Jeff Scott Soto since I heard him singing with Axel Rudi Pell many years ago and been fortunate enuf to see him as part of the SAS Band and taking lead vocals with Journey a couple of years ago.And the opening track to the new WET album seems to be an exercise in writing the template for today's Journey and, I would say, is one in the eye for Neal Schon who didnt think that JSS would fit the Journey style. From there on out, this a WET album through and through with some fantastic guitar work. The tempo is mid to fast paced rocker -the 2 ballads offering some light and shade to the album's overall sound. For JSS fans like me, its a must, just to hear his rock tenor vocal on a rock album again.
First album was great and this had a lot to live up to. Pleased to report that it is amost just as good. Superb production, terrific songs and another fine example of what melodic rock should sound like when it is written, performed and produced by a band with a burning passion for what they are doing and who are also at the very top of their game!
Top quality AOR from Jeff Scott Soto and the W.E.T team....not one bad song on the album. I bought it as a wild card amongst a number of CDs I wanted and it is without doubt the strongest of the lot. Quality songs, quality melodies, quality musicianship and excellent production.
grat CD featuring members of eclipse,work of art and of course the voice of the great jeff scott soto.fans who bought the first wet CD will love this as it is much better and by far the best out of the 2