W4IK



"Double Euphoric" (Self-released; 1994)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You wouldn't be surprised to discover that an adult film star had recorded a rock'n'roll album. I mean, there's got to life after porn, right? What you might be surprised about is that W4IK's "Double Euphoric" (get it?), featuring X-rated film star Hyapatia Lee, ain't half bad.

With songs written, for the most part, by Lee and featuring a talented band and acceptable, if not stellar, production values, "Double Euphoric" is a collection of hard rock songs in the style of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and (gasp!) Cher, back in the day when she was recording harder rocking tunes (you haven't heard KISS's "World Without Heroes" until you've heard Cher sing it).

Ranging from the surprisingly effective ballad, "Angel" to the stoner-like guitar of "Pretty in Pink," "Double Euphoric" is an entertaining record throughout. While she doesn't have the pipes of the aforementioned Cher and Benatar, Hyapatia Lee far from embarrasses herself here, taking the natural sultriness of her voice and giving it a rock'n'roll edge.

The album isn't without its warts. "Don't Forget The Red" is a heartfelt but contrived ode to the American Indian that comes off as kinda silly. And the sexually-charged pseudo-rap of "The Dutch" is far more annoying than it is invigorating. The anti-censorship rant during "Strike Back" also seems a little stiff. Overall, however, "Double Euphoric" rocks pretty well.

The bad news is that the CD is apparently long out of print and you'll be lucky to find a copy on eBay. Still, if the price is right, "Double Euphoric" is worth a listen.


"Double Euphoric" (Self-released; 1994)

Reviewed by Snidermann

At face value W4IK is a solid rock'n'roll act with a female singer who does a good job as the voice of this band. Upon further internet research, I discover that this voice belongs to Hyapatia Lee, major porn star. 

Other careers aside, "Double Euphoric," the CD, is just okay. The music here is definitely not heavy metal and just barely qualifies, sometimes, as hard rock. In fact, more often than not, it's closer to soft rock, very uneventful and just too boring for my taste.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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