Right now, I’m sitting on a couch in my dorm room listening to Andrew WK. I’m three weeks into my first year of college, with a mini-fridge stocked with only Gatorade and milk to my left and a desk covered with textbooks and dirty clothes to my right. And because of where I am right now, I love Andrew WK. Because of college, the re-release of his 2010 album Mother of Mankind sounds better than ever.
You have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy party tycoon Andrew WK’s music. The songs themselves – the lyrics, the composition, the vocals – are nothing spectacular. Obviously, there are singles and fan favorites, but no songs really stand out on Mother of Mankind, or any Andrew WK album for that matter. But in a way, that adds to what makes the music so great. You sit down, put on the album, and party, either in the literal sense or just by your self in your dorm like I’m doing. Whether you’re in college, graduated already but want to remember what you can remember from college, or are looking forward to the days when you’ll be out of your house and set free on a campus, there’s a bit of joy in Andrew’s bellows and hollers. Something about his too long hair and sloppy white tee-shirts is just right.
Take “Big Party” for example. The eighth track on the 70-minute long Mother of Mankind is a bit more synthy and disco inspired than the rest, but the feeling it sparks is the same as all of Andrew’s songs. When he takes a break from just chanting “big party” over and over and sings “Gonna hang with friends / Want to have a big ball / Gonna have a big party / Gonna have it all,” something happens. For that moment, regardless of where you are, you want to get up and dance. It’s the power of Andrew WK.
It seems almost pointless to point out other notable tracks on Mother of Mankind. It doesn’t really have any highs or lows. It doesn’t have any mind-blowing collaborations or innovative experiments. It’s just 22 songs having a good time. 22 songs living life, going out and partying the Andrew WK way.
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