21 April 2018

Andrew W.K - You're Not Alone

Andrew W.K. is quite possibly one of the happiest men in the world! Or at the very least, one of the most positive individuals that you’ll ever find on this sphere going through space.  When he first burst on the scene with I Get Wet, his blood-stained face was everywhere.  You couldn't go anywhere without hearing “Party Hard”, it seemed like he was about to take over the world.  Since then, he has (unfairly) been deemed a one-hit wonder in the UK, subsequent albums were largely ignored and the world had moved forward. And that is a shame when you think about it.

o, what did Andrew W.K. do whilst the world ignored him?  He kept on doing his own thing, and rightly so!  He’s not stopped playing gigs, he’s been an agony uncle, his Facebook & Twitter feeds are full of positivity.  And most importantly, he’s never stopped partying.  Whether you love or hate his music, you should doth your cap to him.  To keep on your chosen path and being true to yourself, that is the dream and he’s certainly living it!

You’re Not Alone is Andrew W.K.'s seventh studio album, it's also his first since 55 Cadillac & Gundam Rock in 2009. The momentum behind You're Not Alone before its release was strong.  Since its release, that momentum has continued, as its gained a life of its own.  Before I give my opinion of the record, I want to note that I love the fact that this album is reaching so many people. You can see that by the way people are connecting, the reaction it's received has been uplifting.  However, when it all comes down to the nitty-gritty, it’s all down to the music.  You can be the nicest person in the world, but if the music is not up to scratch, then all that positivity would be for nothing.  So, is You’re Not Alone any good?

You’re Not Alone represents the serious side of Andrew W.K., the counterbalance to the all-out, gung-ho party animal of his earlier works.  Much like his earlier albums, there is little to no deviation musically on this album.  All the songs are powerful numbers, in major keys with hard synths, shout-along chorus sections, loud guitars and so much hope that it sometimes becomes too much.  The main subject matter is connections, realising that there are people to reach out to.  It's about never to isolate yourself and whilst life can be hard, it can be fun at the same time.  I love that, it’s so beautiful and inspiring that it would feel like kicking a puppy criticising that uplifting message.

However, I’m not blind to the flaws on this record.  Firstly, if you didn’t like Andrew W.K. before, this might not change that opinion. As mentioned earlier, it’s another album of similar sounding songs.  Whilst all the songs aren't all in the same key, they share a similar structure and that's always been his Achilles heel.  Also, it's a little too long, fewer songs would have made this a tighter record. 

What I cannot deny though, is how positive this record sounds.  It's so infectious, so uplifting and life-affirming.  Whilst Andrew W.K. is all about the party, but he never tells you what should be your own "party".  Once you've figured out what that is, what makes you happy, what is your own "party", You're Not Alone makes so much sense.

Maybe you should try it, maybe it will be the album to change your opinion, maybe it needs to be on repeat when you’re down.  I can only speak for myself, but after a pretty shit time recently, this record has made my outlook on life a lot happier over the last few days. Ultimately, You’re Not Alone is one of the brightest spots in 2018, a high note in his career and a joy to behold. Keep on partying!

8 out of ten – Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my time, money and heart.

Top track - The Party Never Dies

You can purchase You’re Not Alone on Amazon here.

You can visit the Andrew W.K. website here.

You can follow the activities of Andrew W.K. on Facebook here.

You can stream You’re Not Alone on Spotify here.

You can stream You’re Not Alone on Deezer here.

You can stream You’re Not Alone on Tidal here.

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