The bloody face staring out from the cover of Andrew W.K.'s I Get Wet has received much attention—drawing the ire of British censors.
The bloody face staring out from the cover of Andrew W.K.'s I Get Wet has received much attention—drawing the ire of British censors. Musically, things aren't nearly as provocative. True, the singer's debut contains heavy metal guitars and a song titled "Party Til You Puke," but the music is far too anthemic and joyous to be anything but straight-up pop. With W.K.'s incessant piano pounding leading the way, first single "Party Hard" is well on the path to becoming a runaway hit. The rest of the album mines similar territory, intertwining heavily processed guitars and synthesizers for a slick wall-of-sound affect. Lyrically, W.K. tends toward the simple, fist-pumping variety found on "I Love NYC" and "Take it Off." If I Get Wet's focus sounds narrow—well, it is. For better or worse, Andrew W.K. has found a winning formula, and he's sticking to it. Only time and a follow-up hit will tell if he's around for the next party.—JDF