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  • Summary: Recorded in world-renowned Sweet Tea studios, the experimental musical project started by San Diego-based Nathan Williams leaves laptop production and fuses fuzzy garage-rock with psychedelic pop for the new album.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
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  1. The album is saturated with high poly-harmonies, finger-snaps and hand claps, but the Charles Atlas-invoking title communicates Wavves' real agenda--"nyah-nyah" pop sucker-punches, sunny smiles so forced they come off as sneers, intense self-deprecation as psychic body armor.
  2. The result is a 12-song collection of washed-out summer tunes perfect for beach outings and late-night house parties.
  3. Featuring two members of the late great Jay Reatard's band--the towering garage rawk that defined his sound is tangible with Wavves too but here left to bathe in the sun and taken for a quick dip in the ocean.
  4. On the third Wavves full-length, a one-man bedroom experiment blossoms into a real band, with Jay Reatard's feisty backing duo and Modest Mouse's producer beefing up low-fi strumming, smiling melodies and zonked studio whimsy.
  5. One knock-on effect of going professional is that you can now hear the music clearly and properly, and it turns out that Mr. Williams isn't exactly a Mozart in the songwriting stakes.
  6. Perhaps another period spent in oblivion is just what Williams needs to figure out his next move, or rather, his next image.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    40
    It's half-baked as well, never distinguishing itself from other rock & roll throwbacks.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Jan 29, 2013
    10
    This is one of my favorite albums of all time. There isn't a lot of music like this, and that's why I love it. Wavves nearly perfected thisThis is one of my favorite albums of all time. There isn't a lot of music like this, and that's why I love it. Wavves nearly perfected this albums, with its different sounds and feelings. Indie meets punk meets surf rock meets lo-fi. My favorite tracks are "green eyes," "Linus Spacehead," and "take on the world." 2 thumbs up from me Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    Simply put: This is a great album. Loved the mix of indie punk and psychedelic influences along with songs about boredom, smoking weed andSimply put: This is a great album. Loved the mix of indie punk and psychedelic influences along with songs about boredom, smoking weed and betrayal. I'm sick I missed these guys at SXSW earlier this year. Loved the snarling "Post-Acid", "Green Eyes" and the hilariously vengeful "Idiot" in particular but they all stand out really.

    I still find myself listening to this album all the time. Nathan Williams' snotty, venom drenched lyrics coupled with occasional dream-like melodies set the bar for these guys, but I'm sure they'll easily surpass it.
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  3. Mar 12, 2012
    7
    Simply put, this is a fun listen. The summery surf punk vibes, heart on your sleeve lyrics and catchy hooks add up to make a simple,Simply put, this is a fun listen. The summery surf punk vibes, heart on your sleeve lyrics and catchy hooks add up to make a simple, good-natured album but lacks the depth of a great release. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2013
    7
    Bit of a throw-away album, not exactly disposable but only a few riffs and hooks stick in the mind. Incredibly fun and confident but Wavves'Bit of a throw-away album, not exactly disposable but only a few riffs and hooks stick in the mind. Incredibly fun and confident but Wavves' potential has not been maxed out yet. Expand