Andrew W.K.
I Get Wet


4.5
superb

Review

by Zesty Mordant USER (24 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 52 replies | 6,782 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Artist: Andrew W.K.
Album: I Get Wet
Label: Island
Release Date: November 13, 2001

all music and lyrics written by Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.- Vocals
Jimmy Coup- guitar
E. Pain- guitar
Sgt Frank- guitar
Gregg- bass
D.T.- drums
Sam Revelli- piano/keys
Frank Vierti- piano/keys
Mario Dane- piano/keys
Nate Young- programming
Anthong Miller- programming
Derron D.- programming

various additional guitar, bass, drums, piano, and programming by dozens of other people

well, i don't hear much of this guy on these forums, but truth the be told its understandable- Andrew W.K. is really one of those guys who you either love or hate with a passion. though he's kinda faded into obscurity with his last album The Wolf being a flop, this album still lives on in frat houses, house parties, and crappy ford mustangs from the late 80s everywhere. this is a guy who doesn't provide deep and intrinsic socio-political commentary or pulls at your heartstrings with whimsful poetry. nor does he intend to blow you away killer time signature changes or pro tools-influenced production.

so what is his vision of music? simple, loud, fun, and not a hint of seriousness. this is party music, quite simply put and does he ever nail the mark. he is not the messiah of rock or metal, he is just simply a guy who loves his music loud and raw and loves making just like that. this is a beer-soaked album full of loud and heavy guitars, primal drum beats, thundering pianos, cheesy programming, and shout-along lyrics and deliciously poppy melodies that get stuck in your head for days. W.K. wrote all the songs here, and you can tell right away that he is not merely aping the genre in question (unlike say, the Darkness). this songs were written with commitment and dedication to the power of the riff and chorus. if your an indie elitist or a hardline metalhead you'll probably hate this stuff, but this quite frankly is a **** good guilty pleasure. but anyways here's the song-by-song review:

1) It's time to party- the first song on the track opens with a tiny guitar riff that gets blown up with blazing keyboards and thunderous drums. andrew w.k. comes roaring in with his wonderful yelling and doubled vocals. this is an awesome song that is short and very fun to sing a long to at a party. the keyboards in this song absolutely own. you've probably heard this song from the movie "old school" (and if your a fan of that movie, then chances are, you like this album) 4.5/5

2) Party hard- W.K.'s big single. once again "party" is the key word here and the song is chockfull of catchy, poppy and heavy guitar riffs, an awesome shout along chorus and not much else. quite simply, an awesome song. 4/5

3) Girls own love- if your a big fan of jackass you would know that W.K.'s music was used (appropriately) as a soundtrack to their stupid antics. this track was one of them- used in the ice barrel jumping bit (which was hilarious). anyways this song has cool intro with a simple piano riff that sets the momentum. as the drums beat in, that big guitar attack comes in. Andrew W.K. for the most part displays a bit more melody in his vocals as opposed to the first two songs, but still manages to make it rock. however, after listening to the first two songs, this one doesn't seem to be as heavy. 3.5/5

4) Ready to die- this song is centred around a killer little neoclassical riff, first played on the piano.....and then again on the guitars with full distortion and volume. the vocals just get stuck in your head for days and is capable of getting one extremely riled up. the ascending chord patterns in the verses also adds to grandiose feel of the song. 4/5

5) Take it off- more catchy vocals and melodies and has more of a melody, especially with the female vocals in the chorus. though this adds to the "cheese factor" it is also is responsible for making sound more fun. the second verse with just W.K. yelling over the piano and drums is really cool. 3.5/

6) I love NYC- this isn't one of the better songs on the cd, almost too simple. the vocals in the verses are cool, so is the main riff, but the chorus, which just consists of W.K. yelling "i love new york city/ oh yeah new york city" is a little too redundant. however the harmonies in the bridge make up for it. 3/5

7) She is beautiful- another one of W.K.'s big singles and this song certainly deserves to be. though the intro appregiated riff on guitar is very similar to the one in "ready to die", this song is just wonderful in the way it builds up with plenty of heavy guitar riffs, pounding drums and bass, and Andrew W.K. yelling "she is beautiful/ she is beautiful" is very **** catchy. the vocals in the second chorus are also very cool. ultimately this is a perfect combination of heavy and melodic. 4.5/5

8) Party til you puke- the third song with "party" in the title. this is just a simple heavy rock song for well...partying. there's a minimum amount of melody in this song and plenty of shouting with a heavy-*** chorus. the part after each chorus where W.K. and the rest of the band perform call-and-answer vocals is pretty cool. 4/5

9) Fun night- this is sorta of the weakest song on on the album, even though it was also featured in "Old School". the main guitar riff and chorus is very redundant. in fact the only thing that is kinda cool, is the distorted bass in the verse. (2/5)

10) Got to do it- this is the big power ballad on the album. though the lyrics are pretty lame, the overall mood of the song manages to stay true to the simple and light-hearted formula. the main keyboard riff in the beginning is catchy as hell and the chorus is pretty standard W.K. fare. 4/5

11) I get wet- this is definately the best song on the album. with the horns in the intro, the grandiose vibe is set, only to have wiped clean with a huge and pummeling guitar riff, complimented by an equally huge drum beat. W.K. is yelling at the top of his lungs here, and uses the call-and-answer technique in the chorus with wonderfully catchy results. in fact the whole song is a constant assault on the listeners' ears, only letting up a bit in the bridge, where the programming and drumming keeps the momentum going. the female vocals in the end is a perfect touch. 5/5 (and i don't like giving perfect scores to anything usually)

12) Don't stop living in the red- a simple short song in the end with plenty of harmonized guitars and vocals. its not as heavy or melodics as the other songs on the album, but with the ascending strings its an appropriate an album closer. 4/5

so there it is. if your ever feeling rowdy or aggressive or drunk or even if you just need something to help you ease your problems, just pop in this album and sing (or yell) along whether your headbanging in your car or if your with all your friends drinking the night away. just don't take it seriously. and awesome cover work.

final rating 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
cbmartinez
October 2nd 2004



2525 Comments


Pretty impressive review.

z is me
October 2nd 2004



11 Comments


ok cd.... i liked it but got a little tired of it

Mephisdan
October 2nd 2004



13 Comments


Great review. Agree with what you say about them just being a "fun" band. Good to jump around to!

The JoZ
October 2nd 2004



345 Comments


I heard him called "Party Metal" in R&M before, and I would totally agree with it.

Rather than being a band or guy who tries to be serious and fails (see: Linkin Park), he's not bs'in you when he says he wants to "Party Hard"

I've heard bits and pieces of the CD, and it really is just a fun, headbanging time. Nothing spectacular, but who cares? Party Hard! :D

Sep
October 2nd 2004



297 Comments


I heard I Get Wet a while ago and didn't really like it. I saw him on Conan and he seems like a cool guy though. Live show was also enjoyable.

Toozey
October 2nd 2004



77 Comments


Andrew WK wins.

YDload
October 3rd 2004



1207 Comments


I've got a lot of respect for anyone who tries to bring rock music back into the party scene. Even Franz Ferdinand, who isn't nearly as heavy or exciting as AWK, is still a force to be reckoned with. However, this guy still rules all, even when his songs sound very similar, they never lose their energy.

manuscriptreplica
October 3rd 2004



431 Comments


Wk does win indeed. However, 'we want fun' his best track, isn't on here!!!! :shocked:

40 oz 2 freedom
October 3rd 2004



96 Comments


Such a fun album. Seeing him was also one of the most fun shows I've ever been to.

Vietnow
October 3rd 2004



39 Comments


Not a Bad album, Not a great album. Its very fun to Listen to, although.

denboy
October 5th 2004



85 Comments


I love this album!.. Hehe.. Listening to AWK always makes me in a great mood!.. And the concert I saw with Andrew was great.. He had 5 guitarists on stage... All playing the same simple riffs. It was great

Arise
October 5th 2004



1 Comments


Why waste such a good and thourough (sp) review on such a weak and worthless albm?

manuscriptreplica
October 5th 2004



431 Comments


This album's cool as.

juggalotricksta
November 24th 2004



55 Comments


good review. thats exactly what it is- a party cd for those who wanna party. although i have to disagree with your take for the best song on the album. i thought i get wet was a little weak, but still a good hard track. id have to go with she is beautiful for the best track. it has all the essential awk without being repetetive like so much of his other work. that wicked guitar intro (which if youve seen it live you know its played entirely on one string- how crazy is that) of course it has andrews powerful voice for the verse, and the chorus is so melodic (esp the na na nas at the end). and if you listen to the lyrics, its actually a heartfelt song but maintains the ability to bash your buddys head into a wall while youre listening to it. great job man.

BoboTheRagingHobo
November 24th 2004



48 Comments


Andrew W.K = The funnest band/music to listen to ever.


I could careless if the music is not technical or what not, this is just fun as hell to listen to and I love it every time I hear it.

Plus the fact that he has been playing the piano forever, and the drums since he was a teen also makes him to be a seasoned musician as well.

Glitterati
August 22nd 2005



83 Comments


Andrew W.K. is my idol.

Zesty Mordant
September 15th 2005



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3.5 stars? What was i thinking? This album needs an extra one methinks.

Iai
Emeritus
September 15th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That album cover is just dying to have a generic faux-emo album title put on it.

_unknownST
October 7th 2005



256 Comments


is it true that he hit his face with a brick for the front cover if so what a freek

I'm Charming
October 7th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

His is talentless and annoying. But great review.



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