Life Sux [EP]

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Though the rest of the EP features both highs (the delightful "Bug," which sounds like it could be the prototype for which Williams bases all of his best material) and lows (the Weezer b-side material of "Poor Lenore"), the overall affect of Life Sux feels innocuous; an effort that will neither convert detractors or drive-away die hards.
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    68
    Life Sux is no King of the Beach; if anything it's a minor diversion on which Williams seems to be toying with the idea of slowly toeing into maturity.
  3. 70
    As a whole, Life Sux reinforces Williams' preternatural fusion of pop punk, surf rock, and now grunge. And that's what he should stick with.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    40
    Life Sux, however, shows that laziness is still very much the enemy here. And it comes in many flavors, but none more egregious than the penchant for gimmicks.
  5. Magnet
    Nov 22, 2011
    60
    Williams pits his angst-y tendencies against grunge's proven, angst-coddling backdrop. [#82, p. 62]
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    77
    Free of filler, and with the beneficial addition of cameos from Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, Life Sux is hands down Wavves' best statement.
  7. Oct 11, 2011
    67
    Despite its reduced scope, Life Sux is actually pretty versatile depending on where you stand with Wavves--take it as further confirmation of his permanent immaturity, or a sign that rattling off rudimentary but undeniably hooky punk-pop comes fairly easy to him.
  8. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Williams keeps impressive company on this follow-up to last year's sensational King of the Beach.
  9. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    In terms of maturity and effort, each of these six reverb-soaked romps is as much of a leap forward from last year's King of the Beach as that record was from Nathan Williams' homemade 2009 debut.
  10. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    70
    The band is best when mixing the murky roar or grunge music with the melodies of Oasis on "Poor Lenore," a song that puts you back in the '90s and makes you want to stay there. [Oct. 2011, p. 111]

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