Your Favorite Track On The New Andrew W.K. Album *You're Not Alone*.

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his singing is really good, he has only gotten to be a better singer since "Close Calls". the layered vocals has always been a big part of the appeal for me (he's like the metal Nilsson)

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:50 (one year ago) link

the start of it made me think of Eno or Berlin-era Bowie

The intro reminds me weirdly of Sonic Youth's "Free City Rhymes".

I definitely agree about the singing and songwriting relative to I Get Wet.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 4 March 2018 02:22 (one year ago) link

yeah, I think this is far and away his best album.

Simon H., Sunday, 4 March 2018 02:24 (one year ago) link

yeah this is just... dang... i'm going to need at least 3 months for this. so many incredible tracks! love the Queen style stuff. this record careens from gonzo prog opera to fist pumping (hardcore) punk pop from one song to the next, sometimes even within the songs. i mean i guess these are all the usual elements but the mix here is just so... potent and imaginative!

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 4 March 2018 15:41 (one year ago) link

i love this record so much

maura, Sunday, 4 March 2018 21:32 (one year ago) link

i love how different he looks shaved and with short hair. and i LOVE the tucked in shirt with the pants in this video. like a totally different person. kinda like pee wee herman in street clothes. he looks like he's gonna fix my computer in the cutest way.

scott seward, Sunday, 4 March 2018 22:22 (one year ago) link

That's because it's Steev Mike.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 4 March 2018 23:54 (one year ago) link

I've been racking my brain as to what Total Freedom sounds like. It's really familiar. Like some radio friendly rock band from the mid to late 2000s like The Fray or The Script or OneRepublic or something of that ilk. Though I've also seen the suggestion that it sounds like Adele's Someone Like You, and that might be it.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 03:42 (one year ago) link

Moments on the album do make me think of Folie à Deux-era Fall Out Boy.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 04:39 (one year ago) link

"Party Mindset" sounds like the 1988 Brian Wilson album

had (crüt), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 05:21 (one year ago) link

I honestly haven't listened to anything by him since I Get Wet but I'm really digging this.

same here. I still like I Get Wet a lot and after listening to bits of the latest, it's seems very good !
So far "Party Mindset" is a favourite : I agree with the Bowie/Beach Boys/Ramones references (not so much with the 88 Brian Wilson, though !).
Also, I love the spoken words (and I usually hate skits) especially how they all end up with... partying !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:29 (one year ago) link

I saw him live circa I Get Wet and it was fantastic.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:30 (one year ago) link

I sometimes wonder about his religious background. You could replace "party" with "prayer" on most of these and not lose much


AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:30 (one year ago) link

"Music is Worth Living For" giving me strong Klaus Nomi vibes!

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 13:45 (one year ago) link

sund4r otm

maura, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 14:43 (one year ago) link

20 dollar nose bleed

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 14:50 (one year ago) link

one of these songs sounds a lot like ELO i dont know which one.

"The Devil's On Your Side" is so good. that extended guitar solo is incredible.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 17:04 (one year ago) link

it's probably song of the year so far for me

imago, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

it doesn't have a guitar solo though

imago, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 18:32 (one year ago) link

The emotional spirit of this album is incredible

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:16 (one year ago) link

it doesn't have a guitar solo though

my bad! it does have an ever-building orchestral-synth-and-drums instrumental crescendo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link

on repeat, love every track

nxd, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:18 (one year ago) link

I've been listening to Party Mindset on repeat all day so I'm gonna go with that one

had (crüt), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 02:54 (one year ago) link

(also crying)

had (crüt), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 03:01 (one year ago) link


I've just discovered Close Calls With Brick Walls


Why didn't you tell me about this earlier

imago, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 12:41 (one year ago) link

Not Going To Bed is like the starter pistol for joy itself

imago, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

This album is so amazing! Def. album of the year so far for me, and it will be hard to usurp the position. There's so many good songs on this one... Party Mindset is of course a clear stand-out. I'd also like to give a shout out to Total Freedom... it's just such nice melodies and his voice is so pretty on it, I've listened to it quite a bit on repeat.

Frobisher, Thursday, 8 March 2018 22:19 (one year ago) link

kinda feel like when in Bill & Ted they reveal that Wyld Stallyns would be an all-important inspirational band that brought world peace, this album is the closest thing we have to that irl

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 00:14 (one year ago) link

Whoa that’s super otm

frogbs, Friday, 9 March 2018 00:17 (one year ago) link

yeah that's very otm

Simon H., Friday, 9 March 2018 00:20 (one year ago) link

"Ever Again" recently unlocked for me. i love it now. it's like an Ozzy song! "They made me think I was crazy"

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 01:24 (one year ago) link

"I Don't Know Anything" is like an "All Things Must Pass" song written and played by The Ramones.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 01:27 (one year ago) link

this album is like the new Sgt. Pepper of power pop.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 01:28 (one year ago) link

wall of sound/noise has always been a big part of the Andrew WK-Ramones connection

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 01:28 (one year ago) link

"The Party Never Dies" is SUPER Ozzy. this album is hot

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 01:32 (one year ago) link

Ozzy at the Olympics

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 02:06 (one year ago) link

Went with "Beyond Oblivion". It is truly massive and if you're ever able to sit and watch large ships leave a dock while this is playing, you should, had a pretty magical experience doing this. I also watched a good amount of Dunkirk to this album which was also pretty wild. I half recommend that. But anyhow, love the album, nearly went with "Total Freedom" which is incredible and weirdly inspiring. This is easily the most positive album I think I've ever heard.

gman59, Friday, 9 March 2018 06:08 (one year ago) link

imago you should get the comp of unreleased stuff called Mother of Mankind, which I believe came with the much-delayed US version of Close Calls. it's surprisingly eclectic, with a long reggae jam, some Stevie Wonder-style clavier funk, one track that out-Meatloafs the Loaf ("Coming Bad"), a couple that sound just like Sparks, plus some really epic instrumental stuff and tunes like "Kill Yourself" and "I Will Find God" which are sort of the flip side of AWK's persona. all that plus a tune which sounds like an IGW outtake, but is probably better than half of that album (you'll know when you hear it).

frogbs, Friday, 9 March 2018 14:22 (one year ago) link

I'll check it out!

For all that the new album is amazing, I think CCWBW might be an even greater discovery

imago, Friday, 9 March 2018 14:40 (one year ago) link

yeah Close Calls is incredible. get Mother of Mankind, it pretty much makes it into a 2xLP

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 March 2018 19:15 (one year ago) link

Yeah so I just finished my first time through and was like "well shit, what can I listen to after that?" So here we go again!

how's life, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:56 (one year ago) link

i love the title track too. Meat Loaf-like fantasy power pop (like "This is My World") but with Disney strings and AC/DC vocals. "Make your dreams your destiny" Andrew W.K. as Jiminy Cricket.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 10 March 2018 18:58 (one year ago) link

the chorus of "Keep on Going" reminds me of The Rentals for some reason. its such a cool song! the "far away from everyone" bit makes me think of Sparks. this record RULES

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:47 (one year ago) link

I kinda wonder if he’s a closet Sparks fan, because he’s got the ability to emulate them pretty damn closely. Listen to “I Want Your Face”, it’s like a lost tune off Propaganda

frogbs, Monday, 12 March 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

can't stop thinking about how brilliant that "WELL I GUESS WE PROVED YOU WRONG" hook is

this album is so great. gtfo Pitchfork with this pithy 6.6. unless that was meant to be a 6.66.

frogbs, Friday, 16 March 2018 14:10 (one year ago) link

pitchfork have the right to be miserable fucks

imago, Friday, 16 March 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

I'm going to the London show btw! :D

imago, Friday, 16 March 2018 14:12 (one year ago) link

"is this guy for real always singing about partying all the time?" is the most annoying thing ever. do music journalists ever ask Robert Smith if he is for real with the makeup and goth music? or if Radiohead is for real acting miserable all the time?

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 March 2018 15:15 (one year ago) link

Id imagine music journalists could at least identify a lot more with that last one

frogbs, Friday, 16 March 2018 15:33 (one year ago) link

this is between "keep on going," "the devil's on your side," "break the curse," and "total freedom." "keep on going"'s been helping me out a lot lately so i'll probably go for it

i said on facebook a few weeks ago that this album is therapy, i.e. andrew w.k. cares about me for approximately an hour and i cry a lot and feel an odd weightlessness afterward

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 16 March 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

when I saw him it was "Take It Off" and "Totally Stupid" in a row and that was totally transcendent

didn't get a whole lot of Close Calls but there was "Pushing Drugs" which was great

frogbs, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:41 (one year ago) link

I just bought it from iTunes because I got a gift card. I'm already wondering if the CD is mastered with less compression.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 16 April 2018 19:43 (one year ago) link

Yeah they did Pushing Drugs too, it was fab!

imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 20:45 (one year ago) link


I like his explanation

imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:03 (one year ago) link


“Music Is Worth Living For finds me and my band mates in the throes of a colossal vision quest,” says Andrew. “Determined to party harder than ever, we steel ourselves against alien elements, and battle a formless but formidable storm. Multiplying myself, I attempt to transcend the whirling void by engaging in a series of flailing spiritual maneuvers, vainly wrestling with the emptiness of my own soul. Alas, I discover I had already been consumed by my own triumphantly pathetic creation. And at this moment of devastatingly poignant clarity, I realize I’m back where I started, trapped inside the hardest party of all: Being alive.”

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:12 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link

still almost impossible. every time i listen to this album each successive song feels like a step up from the last one.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 10:58 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link

they're all winners

nxd, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 08:35 (one year ago) link

Wow these results are a trip

bernard snowy, Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:36 (one year ago) link

(Not saying I "disagree" -- there are no wrong answers here -- it's just funny that, on an album with so many straight-up bangers, people were drawn to the more subtle, slow-building numbers)

bernard snowy, Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:12 (one year ago) link

I voted Break the Curse cuz the last 2 minutes were so overwhelming

honestly I still can't decide, I'm actually kinda leaning towards the title track now. kinda wild to hear AWK attempt a vocal performance like that

frogbs, Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:00 (one year ago) link

i voted for the title track mostly for the vocal performance. it's on some classic rock level.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:15 (one year ago) link

anyway after like 15 listens to this I'm starting to think it would be an all-time classic if the mastering was better. it just sounds so brickwalled. but damn is the music good.

frogbs, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:18 (one year ago) link

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