Critiquing Albums Like I Could Make Anything Better: Self Titled Wet Leg

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Critiquing Albums Like I Could Make Anything Better

If you have a particular love for sarcasm, dry humour, self-depreciation and unapologetically honest one-liners, chances are you’d love Wet Leg. This gorgeous U.K duo burst right out of the Isle of Wight into the global indie pop-rock scene in a matter of weeks following the release of their debut singles, ‘Chaise Longue’ and ‘Wet Dream’ last year. Whether you’re into Confidence Man or Lucy Dacus, I promise you, you’ll love this album. It came out less than a month ago, but naturally, I’ve listened to it 2 thousand times and crafted this oh-so-heartfelt review.

Spotify: Wet Leg – Wet Leg


Being In Love

First and foremost, this album stands out because it’s so profound under the weight of its own silliness. I’m a sucker for a sad song with a happy beat, and this reminds me of something I can’t put my finger on in the best way possible. It’s nostalgic enough to give you that nice fuzzy feeling but new enough to have you prick up and go, “oh, who are these guys?”.

"I need a lie down
Only just got up
I feel so uninspired
I feel like giving up
I feel like someone has punched me in the guts
I kinda like it cause it feels like being in love"

Chaise Longue

This song was the first I heard of Wet Leg, and it hooked me instantly. It made me laugh in parts. I love their monotone vocals with the very vibrant production. It’s so fun and, in a way, kind of understated.

"Is your mother worried?
Would you like us to assign someone to worry your mother?"
YouTube: Wet Leg – Ur Mum


This is one of my favourite songs on first listen, and it grew on me after that. It sounds like it would be used as a background song to a montage in a movie where the main characters are just running around having fun in a big city. In terms of production, just as I think I know what the song sounds like, I hear it again, and it’s brand new. There are clearly a lot of influences that go into making music like this, and I’d be curious to know what the band was listening to while putting together this track.

"The ambience was overrated at the party
I want to run away before it's even started
I look at my feet, then I look for the door (The door)
Can't find my friends, so I just take a bit more"

I Don’t Wanna Go Out

This one’s slower pace and I’d describe it as lightly dooming. Out of all the songs on this album, this one is the only one you could probably cry to. However, overall I think it just sounds like numbness and confusion.

"It all used to be fun
Now you're swinging a gun

'Round your head, seeing red
Can you please repeat what you just said?
Or leave a message at the beep
Because I do not have time
To try to understand
Why you do what you like
But it never really turns out right
At least we are all going to die"

Wet Dream

This one also had quite a bit of radio play when it came out. It’s also extremely fun and slightly amusing, and I could picture festival crowds loving this song.

"I was in your wet dream, driving in my car
What makes you think you're good enough to think about me
When you're touching yourself, touching yourself, touching your—
Touching yourself, touching yourself?
You climb onto the bonnet and you're licking the windscreen
I've never seen anything so obscene
It's enough to make a girl blush
It's enough, it's enough to make a girl blush"
YouTube: Wet Leg – Ur Mum


This song somehow reminds me of a Sharon van Etten or St Vincent song. I really like it, it’s one of my favourites. It’s pretty laid back as far as this album goes, but still a little fun and on-brand for Wet Leg.

"Gone with the wind, taken by a heathen
Like an April fool was in 2007
Sun goes down every night
No goodbyes, I'm not surprised
I'm left with a lady in ruins"

Loving You

This album is two things – fun and profound. It makes a clear commentary on the nature of life as a 20-something in this age. This is a breakup song, one of the less amusing songs, but another of my favourites. I think this would make a great last song, but that’s not my business. I love the delicate vocals on this one.

"Don't call me up, you fucked it up
I'm not your friend, I'm not your pal
You'rе fuckin' wishing that I was though

Every time you see me out
You say you think about in thе midnight hour
I know that you're just rubbin' one out up in the shower
Honey, sorry if I seem a little bit upset
When you try calling me crazy
Cause I'm not DTF"

Ur Mum

This was the last single they put out before releasing the album. Once again, this amusing, entertaining song is about being frustrated with life. The beat is addictively lively. Again it reminds me of something; again, I can’t name what it is, but I like it.

"Okay, I've been practicing my longest and loudest scream
Okay, here we go
One, two, three, ah
YouTube: Wet Leg – Ur Mum

Oh No

This is another song that gives a huge satirical nod to modern youth culture. OutKast’s happy beat – sad concept thing back in 2003 with ‘Hey Ya!” is replicated again. “You don’t want to hear me, you just want to dance”… that’s basically this whole album. It’s a weighty statement on our collective sense of apathy.

"I went home, all alone
Checked my phone, oh no
Oh my god, life is hard
Credit card, oh no

You're so woke, Diet Coke
I feel gross, oh no
I went home, all alone
I checked my phone and now I'm inside it"

Piece Of Shit

This one’s inexplicably groovy. You know that part in Euphoria where Nate is screaming, “what’s wrong with you?” and cassie just says, “okay”… yeah… that’s what this song reminds me of. It’s the vibe of being over it, emotionally detached from someone, acknowledging that someone hurt you but not carrying that pain with you anymore.

"You're like a piece of shit, you either sink or float
So you take her for a ride on your daddy's boat"


This song is so cute. I saw a tweet ages ago that was like, “be with someone who makes the grocery store fun”. Same concept.

"I want to take you to the supermarket
I wanna buy you all the shit that you need
I think I like it at the supermarket
But now security keep asking us to leave

Too Late Now

This was also a single they put out ahead of the album. In all honesty, I forgot it existed before writing this review. But it’s definitely one of my favourites. The lyrical melodies in the verse are addictive, and I love how they contrast with the pace of the chorus. It feels honest. You can hear the emotion in their voice that you don’t necessarily hear anywhere else in the record. The end of this song is a tad more cinematic than the rest, so it makes sense as a final song. It kind of arrives in a place of uneasy closure.

"Now everything is going wrong
I think I changed my mind again
I’m not sure if this is a song
I don't even know what I'm saying
Everything is going wrong
I think I changed my mind again
I'm not sure if this is the kinda life that I saw myself living
I don't need no dating app to tell me if I look like crap
To tell me if I'm thin or fat, to tell me should I shave my rat
I don't need no radio, no MTV, no BBC
I just need a bubble bath to set me on a higher path"

Track Ranking

  1. Chaise Longue
  2. Wet Dream
  3. Loving You
  4. I Don’t Wanna Go Out
  5. Supermarket
  6. Angelica
  7. Oh No
  8. Ur Mum
  9. Convincing
  10. Too Late Now
  11. Being In Love
  12. Piece Of Shit

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