I Get Wet isn't a throwaway parody of rock's Aqua Net days, but rather a revamped, spandexless celebration of having an excessively awesome time. During interviews, the 22-year-old WK has explained that, to him, the word "party" means going after everything you want without making excuses. Accordingly, he maps out this simple pathway to success like an evangelist getting paid by the convert. As he sings on "Got to Do It," "When you're down on your luck/ You've gotta do it/ 'Cause you can't get enough/ You've got to do all the stuff you love." He delivers every idea, whether it's admiration for his former residence ("I Love NYC") or taking bitchin' risks ("Don't Stop Living in the Red"), with an intensity that usually requires a heavy dose of trucker speed to sustain.
Admittedly, taken out of context, WK proffers some pretty cheeseball commands -- especially in a society where cynicism is one of our five senses -- but his hard-driving, aggressive delivery turns self-help mottoes into anthem-ready power tools. Basically, his version of triple-speed pop metal uses the same three chords on every song, layering multiple tracks of pianos, pipe organs, and keyboards over the usual metal swarm. This is the kind of rock that was born with a stadium in mind, existing in a constant excited state of pumping fists and banging heads. With I Get Wet, Andrew WK offers good dumb fun -- and a fast escape from mainstream rock's self-loathing side.