W.E.T. - 'Rise up'
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead Vocals
Erik Mårtensson: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Säll: Keyboards, Guitars
Robban Bäck: Drums
Magnus Henriksson: Guitars
1.) "Walk Away" -This intro opened with the rhythm guitar and keyboard playing the same notes. After the first measure there is a lead guitar effect. This lead guitar effect sounded as if it was done with the tremolo bar. After the lead guitar effect there is a huge cymbal crash, bass note and rhythm guitar note. It is at this point the main musical intro kicks-in. From the main musical intro to the opening verse there are several minor lead guitar licks. Instead of playing a drum rhythm underneath this section Robban plays several tom-tom fills. Jeff sings a vocal accent to connect the musical intro with the music change of the musical verse. The opening musical verse up to the opening lyric line Robban plays a floor tom pattern and Jeff also sings a vocal accents. Underneath the opening lyric line there is a rhythm guitar change. It is also at this point Robban switches from a floor tom pattern to a standard hi-hat rhythm. The rhythm guitar riffs underneath Jeff's vocals were mainly fill-in chords. This allowed Jeff's huge vocal sound to be the main focus. The last two lyric lines of the verse consisted of a backing vocal harmony underneath Jeff's lead vocals. The band kept the choruses very simple with huge hooks. The lead guitar solo begins underneath the last lyric line of the second chorus. Though the solo was very short it packed a very powerful punch!!!!There are a couple tom-tom fills connecting the lead guitar solo with the third chorus. For the fourth chorus the band slowed the bpm's(Beats Per Minute)This instead of a breakdown added a nice effect to the song. Underneath the coda there is an almost a few inaudible lead guitar licks. The coda ended with a Jeff vocal accent.
2.) "Learn To Live Again" - This track opens with a very turned down keyboard. After a couple of keyboard notes you hear the ambient noise of thunder. After the keyboard underneath the ambient noise there is a minor solo. There are three snare cracks connecting this section with the main musical intro. Underneath the rhythm guitar and keyboard rhythms of the intro there is a minor lead guitar solo. It really didn't make sense as to why the guys opted to place the solo underneath the rhythms. However, I didn't write the music and I'm sure the band had their reasons. There are several eighth-notes and a couple of quarter-note drum fills connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar is laced in between the lyric lines of the musical verse letting a great bass line come through underneath Jeff's vocals. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-chorus. Both the pre-chorus & chorus had a very huge hook attached to them. The first lyric line of the second verse consisted of just vocals. There is a breakdown section after the second chorus. This breakdown section lead to the lead guitar solo. The guitar solo for this track was very short. There was a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the coda.
3.) "Rise Up" - Though this is just the second W.E.T. release you definitely can tell that it is them from this intro. There is a short snare fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The drum line of the musical verse consisted of just a snare drum & floor tom pattern and bass line. For the second lyric line Jeff carries out the last note of the last lyric. Jeff added a lot of vibrato to this note showing why he has sang with journey and was the voice behind Brian Vander Ark the guy that replaced Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) in the movie 'Rockstar'. The rhythm guitar kicks-in for the musical pre-chorus. There is a pick slide connecting the rhythm guitar change of the musical pre-chorus and the chorus. Instead of having a backing harmony on the chorus there is almost like a short echo trailing off the end of the "Rise up" lyric, There isn't a backing harmony until the second chorus, The lead guitar solo connects the third and fourth choruses. The coda consisted of a chorus.
4.) "Love Heals" - The best way to explain the rhythm guitar effect of this intro is it sounded as if it was being played under water. The guys used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro. Jeff double-tracked his vocals for the fifth and sixth lyric lines of the first verse. There is a musical change for the chorus. The choruses of this track have one of the sweetest hooks I believe I have ever heard! There is a breakdown section connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The solo was short and consisted of a lot of the same notes as the lyrics of the chorus. There is a Journey like vocal accent connecting the lead guitar solo with the third chorus. After hearing these accents you can see why Neal Schon hired Jeff after Steve Augeri was fired. If you listen to the stuff on youtube of Jeff performing with journey Neal should have offered Jeff the lead vocal position. There is a minor solo underneath the third chorus. Jeff's vocal accent's underneath the lead vocals of the coda also had a heavy Steve Perry feel to them.
5.) "What You Want" - This track opened with a few minor lead guitar solo licks. These licks run over the top of the intro arrangement. As they progress more and more notes are added. Jeff sings a vocal accent to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. The guitar rhythm for the musical verse sounded like it was done with an amplified acoustic guitar. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. For the musical chorus there is an electric guitar arrangement. As the chorus progresses the rhythm guitar riffs was done using lead guitar notes. For the second repeat of the lyric "What you want" Jeff accented the line with a little more vibrato. There is a vocal accent over the top of the musical arrangement connecting the second chorus with the breakdown section. The musical breakdown consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement underneath a Jeff vocal accent. There is a lead solo rhythm over the top of the coda. The coda ended with a vocal echo.
6.) "The Moment" -The intro to this track opened with a tom-tom/snare drum fill. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse. There was a backing harmony connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Underneath the lyric lines of the second half of the chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. The minor solo underneath the second chorus turns into the major lead guitar solo. I thought this lead guitar solo was the best on the release. The coda consisted of a huge tom-tom fill. This was a very straight forward up-tempo rocker!!!!
7.) "Bad Boy" - This track opened with the ambient noise of a police siren going off. The siren continues throughout the entire intro section. Over the top of the rhythm guitar at the end of the musical intro there was a pick slide. Jeff screams the word "hey" to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. Over the top of the opening musical verse before the opening lyric line Jeff sang two backing harmonies that consisted of four vocal accents each. The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements stacked one atop of the other. There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Both guitarist switch to playing the same rhythm riffs for the musical chorus. To end the chorus Jeff sings the same four vocal accents as the ones he sang for the opening of the musical verse. After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo. This solo would have been better than the one for track six if it had not been for the fact it was way to short! The short solo lead to the breakdown section. The breakdown section consisted of the ambient noise of a police siren just like the intro. The breakdown musically consisted of just a drum and bass line. Of all the songs on this release this was the second track that had a solid bass line that you could really sink your teeth into
8.) "On The Run" - The pre-intro to this track consisted of the drum line and bass line playing the same notes. It had a gunfire sound. This had one mean sound to it! After the fourth fill there was a rhythm guitar chord. This reminded me of how Megadeth ended their song "Reckoning Day" from their CD titled, 'Youthanasia' released on November 1994. After the rhythm guitar chord there is one more fill then the main intro kicks-in. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main intro section. I only had one complaint with the minor solo and that's the fact that it was turned down so low that you could barely hear it. The guys not only change the rhythm for the musical verse they also change time. Robban switched from a eighth-note hi-hat pattern to a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern. The third and fourth lyric line of the musical pre-verse consisted of a backing harmony along with Jeff double-tracking his own lead vocal. The pre-verse also consisted of a vocal accent between the fifth and sixth lyric lines. There are a couple minor lead guitar notes connecting the pre-verse with the verse. The lyrical verse had the same phrasing except there was a backing vocal attached to the last lyric line. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. Robban switched back to a eighth-note rhythm for the chorus. Instead of using his hi-hat for the drum rhythm of the chorus he used one of his crash cymbals. There was a snare drum/tom-tom fill connecting the first chorus with the second verse. This is the heaviest song on the CD. This track consisted of a double coda. After the first coda there is three seconds of silence then there is a second coda. This was bad as hell!!!
9.) "Broken Wings" - This was a very simple rock 'n' roll song. At times Jeff's vocals reminded me of Paul Stanley and the way he sang "Shandi" taken from their album titled 'Unmasked' released May 20, 1980.
10.) "Shot" - This was a straight forward rock song.
11.) "Still Believe In Love" -This is really the only true ballad on the release and as with all of Jeff's ballads it is amazing!!!!
12.) "Still Unbroken" -Just like track ten this was a straight forward rock song.
This is the second CD that Jeff, Erik and Robert have released. For those that does not know the anagram stands for, Work Of Art, Eclipse, Talisman. The bands the three members are either currently playing for or was a member of. The three members enlisted the help of drummer Robban Bäck of Sabaton and guitarist Magnus Henriksson who also plays with the band Eclipse.
After typing the review out last night in Microsoft Word and realizing that it was four pages. I thought, "Oh Crap! I bet our readers are going to think I have OCD and over analyzed the release!" It's not that. There is just that many great things to say about the release! If you're a fan of good solid hard rock then 'Rise Up' is an absolute must have for you CD collection. I can guarantee you will be rotating it for a very long time!