Album reviews: Wet Leg – Wet Leg and Camila Cabello – Familia

leave wet – wet leg

★★★★☆

How do you follow a hit like “Chaise Longue”? The idiosyncratic, instantly catchy track was the slingshot for Wet Leg, an indie rock duo consisting of BFFs Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers. It was hokey and awesome. A playful post-punk number that opens and quotes with a tail joke mean girls. It garnered playlist spots and endorsements from Elton John, Florence Welch, and Iggy Pop. Dave Grohl says there are nights the Foo Fighters keep hearing it. So again, how do you follow a hit like “Chaise Longue”? For Wet Leg, the answer is obvious – with a hit album, duh.

The band’s self-titled debut comes a year after that viral success and is proof that sometimes hype gets it right. The proof is in the pudding; that Pudding is a deliciously prickly collection of songs that are as lyrically gritty as ever. “Wet Dream” is an album highlight. It’s a wild un-love song written in response to lyrics from an ex, with choppy guitar and roaring vocals reminiscent of riot grrrl icons Le Tigre’s electro-dance hits.

With vocals that vacillate between taunting tune and anger, Teasdale and Chambers, in their mid-twenties, speak a language they know well: Work is boring, dating apps suck, parties aren’t as fun as they used to be, der Death is (luckily?) inevitable. “At least we’re all going to die,” Teasdale shrugs on “I Don’t Wanna Go Out,” a track that finds the typically erratic-sounding couple in a gentle moment. on wet legexistential boredom never sounded so fun. A

Camila Cabello – family

★★★☆☆

In the years since her 2017 breakout hit “Havana,” Camila Cabello’s voice has transformed. She used to be able to flit between a sultry lower register to an agile soprano; there was flexing and a lot of personality. On her new album familyHowever, her voice is almost as thin as the songs themselves.

family is the Cuban-American artist’s first album to feature tracks in Spanish, beginning with the breezy title track. It bursts in with a dramatic mariachi trumpet before plunging into a cool pool of electric guitar licks. But the calm mood is disturbed by Cabello herself, whose performance sounds uncomfortably strained. On “No Doubt” she croaks and croaks around every syllable; The cheeky single “Bam Bam,” her second Ed Sheeran duet, is a battle over who can sound the shrillest.

Cabello said this album is “more honest” than her previous work, but nothing is quite as poignant as 2019’s “First Man.” romance, or the vulnerable “Consequences” from their self-titled debut. Instead, there are entire songs built around a single hook (WILLOW’s disoriented “Psycho Freak”) and tracks that should reference their heritage but feel more like hackneyed pastiche (“La Buena Vida”). Other moments on the record, like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “No Doubt” simply leave you cold. family is only a faint impression of what Cabello is really capable of. ROC

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/wet-leg-review-camila-cabello-album-b2052903.html Album reviews: Wet Leg – Wet Leg and Camila Cabello – Familia

JOE HERNANDEZ

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