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Album Review

Obliterating the concept of guilty musical pleasures, I Get Wet turns hair metal hedonism, punk energy, and pop melodies into an instant, insistent blast of fun with all the power of a beer commercial. From the opening anthem, "It's Time to Party," to the excellently named finale, "Don't Stop Living in the Red," the album is all climax — the blasting guitars, blaring keyboards, and Andrew W.K. himself are all turned up to 11 throughout. W.K. is a one-man manifesto, dedicated to spreading the way of the party with songs like "Party Hard" ("We do what we like and we like what we do!" could be "Dirty deeds done dirt cheap" several generations down the road), "Party Til You Puke," and "I Get Wet," and the fact that he looks like the stoner bully from high school only adds to his cred. Guessing whether or not Andrew W.K. is a big joke or not is almost beside the point; he comes on so strong that he either really means it, maaan, or he's got his tongue stuck firmly in his bloodied cheek. Either way, there's not much fence-sitting with his music — you'll think the big, dumb, cartoonish "Girls Own Love" and "Ready to Die" are the stupidest songs you've ever heard, or you'll love them because they're the stupidest songs you've ever heard. Even I Get Wet's sensitive "She Is Beautiful," which is about being too shy to talk to a pretty girl, is about as subtle as a high schooler's after-shave — and just as awkwardly charming. While the album has a certain sameness due to the frenetic beat that drives nearly every track, it's the perfect complement to W.K.'s party-centric vision. Refreshingly simple and cleverly stupid, I Get Wet is a great big bear hug of an album, and resistance to its hard-partying charms is futile.

Customer Reviews

Et fantastisk album for hard rock-fans

Det kan godt være at Andrew W.K. ikke er særlig kendt i søvnige lille Danmark, og det er egentlig en skam, for hans unikke og befriende ligefremme hard rock er en fryd for enhver der har brug for noget musik at gå amok i danserus til. Der er så meget tryk på konstant at man næsten bliver revet helt omkuld, og hvis du forsøger at headbange til musikken vil du sandsynligvis ende med at ligne albumomslaget.
Bevares, det er ikke alle sange der er lige gode - specielt "It's Time to Party", "Fun Night" og "Party 'til You Puke" kan virke lidt ligegyldige.
Heldigvis er der også en overflod af gode sange - fra den næsten KISS-agtige "Girls Own Love" til den overraskende bombastiske "Take It Off" eller den ikoniske "Party Hard", der nok må siges at være Andrew W.K.'s kendingsmelodi. Personligt vil jeg udpege "She is Beautiful" og titelnummeret "I Get Wet" som albummets musikalske højdepunkter - førstnævnte er en god, gammeldaws hard rock-sang og den anden er et miskmask af alt muligt forskelligt mikset sammen i et stort lydkaos der er næsten umuligt at stå stille til.

Er der behov for hård rock der trykker speederen i bund, og spiller dybsindige sangtekster eller avancerede soloer ikke nogen rolle for dig, så er dette afgjort et album du burde overveje at tjekke ud.

Højdepunkter: "She is Beautiful", "I Get Wet"


Born: 09 May 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Not just a party animal but a party guerrilla, Andrew W.K. burst onto the scene with a hybrid of metal, pop, and dance that parodied and paid tribute to the cheesiest, sleaziest aspects of all three styles. The California-born, Michigan-bred W.K. — the initials stand for everything from "White Killer" to "Women Kum" to "Wilkes-Krier," the surnames of his mom and dad — began classical piano lessons at age four and moved on to playing in Detroit punk and metal bands, including the Pterodactyls....
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