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WET ONE NIGHT IN STOCKHOLM ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

WET - ONE LIVE IN STOCKHOLM

FRONTIERS RECORDS

FEBRUARY 21 2014

 

 

One Live – In Stockholm is the 2CD/1DVD document of one night - 17th January 2013 and it sees Melodic Rockers WET in the sort of form that will have all lovers of the genre checking their diaries to see when the band is in town.

 

As a kind of ‘supergroup’ expectations for WET were always high and whilst some loved their debut album for me it was their sophomore release ‘Rise Up’ that really stood out. The Live album is split between six tracks from that debut and nine from that excellent second effort (that at the time of playing was still to be released).

 

Now with live albums which these days seem to crop up with stunning regularity it’s hard to get too carried away, but listening to this it has to be one of the best live documents of a band I’ve heard in years.

 

Visually stunning with multiple cameras the small stage seems so much bigger Jeff Scott Soto is in fine form as always riding on the back of a tight rhythm session and soe wonderful guitar. Debut album tracks like “Invincible” and “Brothers in Arms” had me revisiting that first outing and second album tracks like “Still Unbroken” and “Rise Up” are cast in gold classics which really come to life in the live arena!

 

Best surprise here for me is the Work of Art song “The Great Fall” where Lars Säfsund takes lead vocals, but there’s also Talisman (Soto’s first band) tracks “I'll Be Waiting" and "Mysterious“ which act as monumental reminders of that band’s under-appreciated catalogue.  It’s that same band’s "Comes Down Like Rain" which is dedicated to the memory of Talisman alumni Marcel Jacob though that raises the emotional ante.

 

If the live set wasn’t enough the CD adds two new tracks, "Poison (Numb The Pain)" and "Bigger Than Both Of Us" both of which are so good it’s incredible they didn’t make the cut for ‘Rise Up’.

 

Simply amazing.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

WET ONE NIGHT IN STOCKHOLM ALBUM REVIEW 2014