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Andrew W.K.
I Get Wet
Island Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Have you heard of this guy yet? After seeing his promotional photo (which is similar to the cover of his record) ­ a close-up of his face with long dark hair draping over his eyes and a bloody nose spilling over his lips and running down his chin into his chest ­ I assumed that Andrew W.K. was the second coming of Kid Rock. After all, W.K. stands for White Killer (an American serial killer went by the same nickname). But then I bought the record and realized after browsing the song titles that I was happily mistaken. Three of the songs mention partying (including "Party Til You Puke"). Two others speak of the opposite sex. And then there's the title-track. After listening to the record, it was all quite clear: despite being a classically-trained pianist, 23-year old Andrew W.K. is a fan of Cheap Trick and has written a feel-good party record for Metalheads. Yes, there is plenty of Kid Rock machismo on the albumıs twelve songs, but there's also a good deal of zany, balls-to-the-wall fun.

I Get Wet is a synthesizer-driven, rock-riffin', anthem-filled cock-rock record. Imagine Twisted Sister as a new wave band on ecstasy. The keyboards are decidedly '80s-sounding, the drums decidedly over-produced and the (painfully humorous and often joyous) background vocals always present. If you're drunk this is a record you can get your groove on to. But if you're sober, it all unfortunately sounds the same and meshes into a messy adrenaline-fueled blob. It's good music to vacuum to, though.

The frustrating thing about I Get Wet is that I can't be positive that it's tongue-in-cheek. Those who have seem him live have assure me that Andrew W.K. is indeed proudly poking fun at himself. It makes the lyrics "we get off cause we do what we want" all the more brilliant. And I guess it's about time that heavy metal stopped taking itself so damn seriously. Death and gloom bad. Girls and parties good.

RIYL: Party music, dude.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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