It's rather a shame when a band releases a good album that largely disappears through no fault of their own, but because of the vagaries of public taste. Dry, a Toronto-based alternative pop band, self-released their debut, The Wet Album, in 1997, and although it's a surprisingly good record for a small indie band's debut, with strong hints of the concise, melodic crunch pop of Weezer and the Foo Fighters, the bottom had by 1997 fallen out of the alternative rock market. Dry wasn't emo or electronica, and so it seemed nobody wanted to know. Too bad, because the group (bizarrely, no songwriting or performing credits are given) skirt most of the clichés of alternative rock while staying safely within its limitations. There are plenty of echoes of earlier groups -- "Pain" sounds more than a little like Nirvana -- but there are enough catchy melodies and insistent guitar riffs to make The Wet Album an enjoyable listen. However, like most young bands, they really should not have printed their lyrics in the booklet. They work fine in context with the music, but the lyrics of songs like "Bite It" and "One A.M." contain some real howlers when read by themselves.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason