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Album Review

From 1987 until their demise a decade later, Scotland's Wet Wet Wet were one of the most successful bands in Europe. While often compared to the onslaught of boy bands that appeared in their wake, the Wets were nothing of the sort. These were four talented individuals who wrote almost all of their own material, played their own instruments, and had one of the greatest white soul vocalists in frontman Marti Pellow. So, when the band called it quits after its album 10 in 1997, the pop market lost a credible and seemingly clean-cut outfit, a group that was actually worthy of its fame. When news came out that Pellow had battled heroin addiction, it almost seemed unbelievable to their legions of fans. Thankfully, Pellow pulled through and pursued a semi-successful solo career. But as the Wets' 20th anniversary loomed, the boys in the band patched up their differences and hit the road for a hugely successful reunion tour. Then, in 2007, the band released Timeless, a brand-spanking-new album filled to the brim with all the things fans loved about the Wets: melodic soulful pop with lush production, classic arrangements, and that Pellow bellow. Timeless, released on the band's own Dry Records label, strips away the glossy production of 10 and allows Wet Wet Wet to stretch out musically and be themselves without having to rely on the latest musical trends. Perhaps their most varied album, Timeless is exactly as the title suggests: a collection of songs that are timeless soulful pop nuggets that could have been hits in any decade from the '60s to the new millennium. From Marvin Gaye to Roy Orbison via the Beatles and Elton John, the album still has its feet firmly planted in the now while embracing yesterday and tomorrow. On "Run," the Wets rock harder than usual with frenzied guitar bouncing off of their trademark lush harmonies. "Too Many People" is one of their finest soul moments to date (although the single mix removed the heart and, literally, the soul of the song). "Eyes Wide Open" and "Weightless" are beautiful without being lightweight. "In Every Heart (A Fire Burns)" channels the spirit of Roy Orbison and could have been the catalyst for another comeback for him had he lived another two decades. Only "Thru' the Night" fails to deliver anything memorable even after repeated listens. Will the boys in the band last long enough to make another album? Hopefully. [This edition includes a bonus track.] ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Back with to form

Marti and the Wets are back to classic form with this album. It's refreshing to hear great music.

The Wets over the years

Resigning to the fact that they had moved on from their earlier and (I dare say) better efforts such as 'Popped in Souled out', 'Holding back the River' and the most excellent 'The Memphis Seesion', overall this is a decent mainstream album aimed at the contemporary euro pop market. I feel that they can do a whole lot better perhaps by going back to the roots of their music - soul ballads and R&B pop - which set them apart from all those similar British pop bands in the late 80s. Unfortunately I tuned off from the Wets in the mid 90s when they started sounding too generic and over commercialised, and with some of them sporting the long grundgy hair did'nt help matters either (except for the drummer whom had a receding hairline even when the band first started). If by chance Marti and the gang read this review, I'd suggest they revisit Memphis Tennessee and recapture that vibe that got them recognised musically.


Formed: 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most enormously successful British bands of the 1980s and '90s, Wet Wet Wet will mostly be remembered for the international success of the single "Love Is All Around" from the soundtrack to the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. Wet Wet Wet formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1986 and took their name from a Scritti Politti song. The band consisted of four school friends, Marti Pellow (vocals, born Mark McLaughlin in 1965), Tommy Cunningham (drums, born 1964), Graeme Clark (bass, born 1966),...
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