The Wolf (Andrew W.K. album)

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The Wolf
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Studio album by Andrew W.K.
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded 2001–2003
Genre Hard rock
Length 43:23
Label Island
Producer Andrew W.K., John Fields, Scott Humphrey
Andrew W.K. chronology
I Get Wet
(2001)
The Wolf
(2003)
Close Calls with Brick Walls
(2006)
Singles from The Wolf
  1. "Tear It Up"
    Released: July 2003
  2. "Never Let Down"
    Released: September 2003
  3. "Long Live the Party"
    Released: 2003 (Japanese-only release)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 3/5[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin B[9]
Stylus Magazine B[10]
The Village Voice C+[11]

The Wolf is the second studio album by American hard rock musician Andrew W.K., released on Island Records on September 9, 2003.

History[edit]

In spite of Andrew's party-oriented debut, The Wolf was a more elaborate and ornate effort, with insightful lyrics and a more melodic sound. This did not stop it from being successful. The album also found Andrew playing all of the instruments on the album, whereas on I Get Wet he split the chore with studio musicians. The Wolf spawned the singles "Never Let Down" and "Tear It Up".

This album was originally titled "Blow Your Bone", but the title was deemed "Too offensive" by Island Records, so Andrew opted to use the name "The Wolf". Cover art was even made with the original title, but it differed from the cover art of "The Wolf". It is not known whether the album had different material on it, as the only actual thing referencing the title was an ad made just before the album's release. The release date on the ad for "Blow Your Bone" did not change from the date that The Wolf was actually released.

The Japan release of this album came with a bonus DVD, with behind the scenes footage (mainly shot in Japan) that cannot be found on any other release.

DualDisc version[edit]

This album was included among a group of 15 DualDisc releases that were test marketed in two cities: Boston and Seattle. The DualDisc has the standard album on one side, and bonus material on the second side.

The DualDisc version was never reissued after the very limited test market run.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Victory Strikes Again" – 2:09
  2. "Long Live the Party" – 4:00
  3. "Tear It Up" – 3:55
  4. "Free Jumps" – 3:33
  5. "Never Let Down" – 3:58
  6. "Your Rules" – 2:27
  7. "The Song" – 4:17
  8. "Make Sex" – 0:44
  9. "Totally Stupid" – 4:30
  10. "Really in Love" – 4:42
  11. "The End of Our Lives" – 4:49
  12. "I Love Music" – 4:19

The Japan import has two extra tracks:

  1. "Party Hard" (live)
  2. "She Is Beautiful" (live)

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew W.K.vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, producer
  • Ken Andrews – guitar
  • Jimmy Coup – guitar
  • Erik Payne – guitar
  • Frank Werner – guitar
  • Gregg Roberts – bass
  • Donald Tardydrums
  • Billy Trudel – backing vocals (1, 5, 10, 11)
  • Roger Lian – editing
  • Ryan Boesch – engineering, recording
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Lior Goldenberg – addition mixing and recording

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon)[12] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 152
US Billboard 200[14] 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for The Wolf by Andrew W.K.". Metacritic. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Wolf – Andrew W.K.". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Andrew W.K.: The Wolf". Alternative Press (183): 136. October 2003. 
  4. ^ Johnston, Maura (September 2003). "Andrew W.K.: The Wolf". Blender (19): 132. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ White, Peter. "Andrew W.K. – The Wolf". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on January 15, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Adams, Jason (September 12, 2003). "The Wolf". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Andrew W.K.: The Wolf". Q (207): 100. October 2003. 
  8. ^ Kemp, Rob (August 26, 2003). "Andrew W.K.: The Wolf". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 27, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ Gross, Joe (October 2003). "Andrew W.K.: The Wolf". Spin 19 (10): 108–10. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Mathers, Ian (September 25, 2003). "Andrew W.K. – The Wolf – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2003". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "アンドリューW.K." (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: A – Azzido Da Bass". Zobbel.de. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Andrew W.K. – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Andrew W.K.. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

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