Whether or not you like “Beautiful Things,” the debut full-length album from Ohio pop/rockers The Wet Darlings, likely is going to come down to what you think of frontwoman Jenny Lute’s vocals.
Lute has a powerful set of pipes and dominates pretty much every moment on the 11-track, 41-minute release. There’s a consistent warble in her vocals — think of Linda Perry singing ‘What’s Up” in her 4 Non Blondes days — that might put off some listeners. But if that sound appeals to you (like it does me), I’m guessing The Wet Darlings and “Beautiful Things” will be right up your alley.
The quartet (Lute, Bill Patterson, Aaron Bishara, Joe Patterson) have been honing their sound since 2008, with a pair of EPs to their credit — along with supporting slots for the likes of Kings of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, Lydia Loveless and Red Wanting Blue. All that hard work pays off here.
Things get off to a terrific start with “Lions for Us All” and “Feel Like a Friend,” and The Wet Darlings also soar on the jaw-droppingly good title track, “Good Morning, Bad Dream,” “Plenty of Space” and “Home.” This is a band you definitely need to know. (Jeffrey Sisk)