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

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that organnnnnnn

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 March 2018 22:16 (one year ago) link

okay I'm on listen #10 right now and I think it's "Break the Curse". the last 2 minutes of that has got to be the most powerful shit he's ever done.

of course I'll probably want to change that next time I hear it. this is the most melodically rich album I've heard in a long, long time. it's kind of amazing because AWK always had this reputation of being a smart guy who was making dumb music but you really can't say that anymore.

frogbs, Monday, 19 March 2018 20:46 (one year ago) link

Well, I've always thought he had a pretty strong melodic/songwriting quality (well, at least on the first album, I don't know about the rest).
As for this album, it does have very good melodies and arrangements.
That said, I think there are a couple of times when, surprisingly, I find he comes a bit short, mostly the instrumental moments : "Beyond Oblivion" which is nice but goes on for too long with only the same musical phrase over and over and not many compositional or arrangements ideas to help the lack of development.
Same with the instrumental part of "The Devil's on your Side".

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:00 (one year ago) link

EPISODE 114 – ANDREW W.K.
Andrew W.K. sits down in London with Simon and Brian to talk about his new album You’re Not Alone. In this wide-ranging conversation, Andrew describes how his philosophy, his knowledge of music and his instrumental skills inform his approach to writing and recording songs like ‘Music Is Worth Living For’, ‘Party Mindset’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’. The Party God also describes the processes behind some classics from his back catalogue including ‘Party Hard’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Andy’.

https://www.sodajerker.com/episode-114-andrew-wk/

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

This is great! I held off at first and only approached with jaded dread, as I'd loved Close Calls With Brick Walls and have since in most respects surrendered to brutally diminished expectations.

(Also: hi, everybody.)

Can totally see the Dragonforce comparisons, along with power pop-punk, though I hear ~Bad Religion & early 90s So-Cal suchlike more than the Ramones (vein-popped athletic heroism marking the divide). Also video game soundtracks, 80s synthpop, Jim Steinman, white drugs, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, etc.

Miss the aggressive, Devo-style, subversion & perversity of tracks like "Pushing Drugs" & "One Brother", but ambitious songwriting and slick production help grease the crack. My only real complaint is that "Party Mindset" has only just begun to mine the implied harmonies when it ends (the better to indulge "Break the Curse", I suppose).

On that note, it's funny how the one big "party" track is not an I Get Wet-style aerobic workout, but rather a mid-tempo barroom sing along. And that it celebrates oblivion's erasure of clarity, given the titles of the album's penultimate tracks.

Great, but I still miss the psychological horror and cognitive dissonance he was folding in a couple years back.

Beetle Juice continued to spit all over our drinks (contenderizer), Thursday, 22 March 2018 03:14 (one year ago) link

That Sodajerker interview was great, thanks for sharing it !
The more I listen/read about him, the more he seems like a great guy (and artist).
I feel like this album is growing bigger and deeper than I initially thought.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:00 (one year ago) link

the stuff he says about tempo around the 27:30 mark is so OTM. really good interview overall, kind of confirms a lot of how I assumed he wrote his music.

frogbs, Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:13 (one year ago) link

that it celebrates oblivion's erasure of clarity

i didn't really take it that way. for me "Keeping clarity just out of reach" was a grasping TOWARDS clarity. ultimate enlightenment may seem forever separate from our material reality but we continue to strive anyways. hence keeping it "just" out of reach. thus "time in oblivion is time well spent" has more to do with that affirming tortured human existence. almost like how a Buddhist will say life is suffering but accept that don't deny it.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:14 (one year ago) link

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Ha, my fiancée made this comparison when she heard the title track ("sounds like those Christmas people").

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:07 (one year ago) link

When sent the digital promo as one single song. As the publicist said, "It's one single file as Andrew requests that you listen through fully in one sitting."

So Andrew would not approve of this poll!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:20 (one year ago) link

fun fact - "Party Mindset" sounds nearly identical to this song

he goes into this in the interview, his collaborative work with Aleister X, the idea to take "Bad Vibrations" and make a new song of it. the original is a cool track (a bit noisy and high-end) but it's just the chorus over and over again with worse lyrics. i really love what they did with it for this album!

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:36 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anybody else in London about to PARTY

imago, Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:52 (one year ago) link

I think Max Tundra is gonna be at that show, see if you can find him

frogbs, Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:58 (one year ago) link

Break the Curse is the winner for me at the moment.

lilcraigyboi (Craigo Boingo), Sunday, 15 April 2018 08:37 (one year ago) link

yea that song rules. love the multi-layered "Break the cuuuuurse" vocals in the ecstatic second part. the insanely cool baroque metal keyboard arrangements throughout are incredible. its this mini symphony of all these different party themes. a spiraling fantasy of decadence.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 16 April 2018 16:20 (one year ago) link

imago did the show rule?

Simon H., Monday, 16 April 2018 16:31 (one year ago) link

obviously! and 'break the curse' was a highlight

imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

also played 'you will remember tonight' which was amazing

imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 16:40 (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

yes!

“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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