Close Calls with Brick Walls (2010) Greasy-haired hyperactive sleaze-rocker/life coach Andrew W.K. is best known these days for hosting game shows and owning bars — too bad, because his 2001 single… 2010-03-23 Andrew W.K. Rock
Music Review

Close Calls with Brick Walls (2010)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2010; Lead Performance: Andrew W.K.; Genre: Rock

Greasy-haired hyperactive sleaze-rocker/life coach Andrew W.K. is best known these days for hosting game shows and owning bars — too bad, because his 2001 single ''Party Hard'' was both awesome and funny. Unfortunately, neither of those descriptions applies to this follow-up, Close Calls with Brick Walls recorded in 2005 but delayed due to legal wrangling (it's paired with a bonus disc of rare material). Belting and heaving overwrought headbangers like an undercooked Meat Loaf, Andrew at least sounds like he's having fun. If only the same held true for the listener. C–

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Originally posted Mar 16, 2010 Published in issue #1095 Mar 26, 2010 Order article reprints