Arriving in the same month as surprisingly distinctive releases from superstar DJs Avicii and Kaskade, Chicago trio Krewella now bring the EDM scene crashing back down to earth with a bump thanks to debut album Get Wet, which lacks any sense of individual identity whatsoever.
Indeed, lead single “Alive,” a soaring slice of hands-in-the-air rave-pop, may have already sold a million copies in the U.S. without even cracking the Billboard Top 30. But these twelve hopelessly generic tracks suggest that the band have little else to offer.
“Enjoy The Ride” sticks to exactly the same melancholic piano-led verses/floorfilling chorus template as their breakthrough hit, “Come & Get It.” Elsewhere, “Human” and “This Is Not The End” are basic, brash and brainless brostep by numbers, while even surprise guest appearances from Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Blink 182’s Travis Barker can’t save “Dancing With The Devil” from sounding like a Skrillex reject.
When Krewella occasionally offer a welcome respite from all the bombastic chaos, Get Wet is a much more palatable affair, particularly on the twinkling synths and stadium handclaps of “Pass The Love Around,” which seem tailor-made for the closing credits of an 80s coming-of-age movie. Meanwhile, the ominous orchestral outro of “Ring Of Fire” hints at an intriguing cinematic flair which you wish the group would have explored more often.
Of course, Krewella reportedly went down a storm during their recent sets at the Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, which suggests that Get Wet probably works much better when blaring out of a speaker in the blazing sun amongst thousands of inebriated partygoers. But experienced in more sober surroundings, it’s a monotonous effort which wastes the gifted vocal talents of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf with a relentless array of YOLO platitudes and Rain Man’s impossibly heavy-handed production.