Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Andrew W.K.

  • I Get Wet [Island, 2002] A-
  • The Wolf [Island, 2003] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

I Get Wet [Island, 2002]
It's simple enough once you accept it for what it is, which is as hard as the music is simple (and hard). It's a Ramones album for an era when "Blitzkrieg Bop" is on the Shea p.a. and professional wrestling is on drugs. It's a Gary Glitter/Kiss/Quiet Riot album with no lyrical lapses, tempo shifts, self-expression, or other concessions to human fallibility. The songs don't all sound the same because if they did the thing would be perfect. And it isn't. A-

The Wolf [Island, 2003]
Median track length, I Get Wet: 3:07. Median track length, The Wolf: 3:59. The steroids or the frat boys have gone to his head. C+