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Album review: Krewella "Get Wet"

September 19, 2013|By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins | RedEye Sound Board

*** (out of 4)

As a non-frequent listener of dubstep and drum and bass, I'm not even going to try to speak to how this album fits in with its contemporaries. Instead, I'd like to share what this album makes me want to do.

  • Go to a crazy house party in a bad section of town 
  • Work out for several hours
  • Run one of those extreme challenge courses where there's a bunch of barbed wire for no reason
  • Dance with a beautiful woman of vague ethnic origin
  • Drink the bottle service of a wealthier friend or co-worker
  • Drugs. (Responsibly, of course.)

Having seen the group perform a few times since their breakout "Play Hard" EP release last year, I can attest that their unique blend of death-defying drops and live vocals make them entirely more appealing live than watching a pre-pubescent Finnish guy stand awkwardly with one hand up and no headphones. Where the hell are your headphones, kid? How do you hear the mix? Why am I even at this show? Oh yeah, my dumbass friend had an identity crisis at 29 and now we're having a "trap birthday rager" to celebrate.

...Sorry, I got sidetracked.

Anyway, the record is easy enough to follow and dance to, but won't leave you annoyed that it sounds like one long song. The vocal stylings of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf fit perfectly with the beats and are a refreshing contrast from the norm on the dubstep charts. Travis Barker and Chicago's own Patrick Stump provides backup muscle on standout track "Dancing with the Devil" and their biggest hit, "Killin' It," reappears from the EP.

The song "Come and Get It" is kind of jarring in the flow of the rest of the album. I don't want to call it a "dubstep ballad," but it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Overall, it does seem like a lot more care was placed to add tempo to some sections of the album ("Live for the night," "We are one") than others. There were a few times where I was worried the group had a "Speed" situation where they couldn't go below 110 beats per minute or the studio would explode. All in all, this record is be a high point for a Chicago act that's starting to take off all over the world.

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