Andrew W.K.
Close Calls With Brick Walls

Universal Japan
2006
B+
Reviewed by: Paul Scott
Reviewed on: 2007-02-20



Posted 02/20/2007 - 09:53:37 AM by ppohio:
 Glad you gave this record a fair shake. It has some bad tracks on it, but the vast majority are truly enjoyable and some of them are just so wonderfully bizarre. A personal favorite is "Don't Call Me Andy," where he has the chorus: "And don't call me Andy!/And don't call me And!" Plus that track has the 'Maps'/'Since U Been Gone' guitar break.
 
Posted 02/20/2007 - 03:43:12 PM by grandbanks:
 In the past I have imagined various Stylus entities as possible plants to generate discussion, always as a joke, though sometimes a joke that seemed awfully suspect. AWK is possibly the greatest joke ever hoisted on an unsuspecting music world. Everything about him just begs more questions and more confusion. His interviews are brilliant, in a way (mind-blowing earnestness with a totally unique wit), his opinions fascinating and more telling than they at first appear, his background totally bizarre, his sincerity apparently rock-solid. What a mindfuck. Is the "Andy" referring to Kaufman? A guy who appears in Playboy and drums for To Live and Shave in L.A. and can talk about obscure metal and noise and Get on MTV and is huge in Japan and gets tons of reviews and major label money. Whoa. Can't say the music does anything for me other than make me laugh at times, but shit, how did he make it last this long and still get people going "Glad you gave this record a fair shake." Obviously nothing is fair in AWK's world, it is totally rigged. He should get an A++. I never would have cared except that he is a "friend of a friend," and fuck he is still totally baffling.
 
Posted 02/20/2007 - 06:46:45 PM by idunnowhy:
 this album is about as sucky as The Wolf, except for two genius tracks: "you will remember tonight" and "i want to see you go wild"