"Wet Animal" (Escapi; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Wet Animal's self-titled CD is a delight for fans of the classic hard rock sound. It's a somewhat strange combination of Sammy Hagar-era Montrose, Alice in Chains and 80s bands like D.A.D. and Trouble. Of course, there may be a reason for that last one - Wet Animal was founded in 1995 by Trouble guitarist Rick Wartell (a different line-up performs along with Wartell here). And, what makes it strange isn't that the music is weird ... it's that it works so well.

Packed with mid-tempo rockers, the token ballad or two and a few faster-paced, high energy tunes, "Wet Animals" and its rollicking big guitar sound will appeal to fans of any of the above-named bands or any of the new bands out there playing rock'n'roll like they used to. Many of the songs on this CD were written and originally recorded as demos nearly a decade ago and that vintage sound is strong here (the songs on this CD are newly recorded).

Of course, Wet Animal better have the chops to deliver the goods. With a questionable band name and some of the most unimaginative cover art possible, it's the music that will sell this CD.

For more information, check out www.wetanimal.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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