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  • Summary: This is the first release on Fat Possum Records for the San Diego-based indie-rock artist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Wavvves is about as simple as its author’s pedigree, but wildly more intriguing.
  2. The incredibly lo-fi production is sweetened by Williams's knack for knocking out gloriously dumb 60s pop melodies.
  3. This is already one of the most talked-about independent releases of 2009, and rightfully so. [Spring 2009, p.75]
  4. The music itself is relentlessly blanched in fuzz, an intentionally scuzzy sound that, despite the borderline annoying atmosphere, does less to limit these songs than grant them a claustrophobically dense beauty.
  5. His melodies, whether delivered in an affected falsetto (closer to Animal Collective than the Beach Boys) or a grumpy baritone, are simple and hummable to a fault--without the energy of the distorted cassette recording, I have a feeling the songs would be a bit too cloying.
  6. The battle between noise and melody veers from scary to hilarious to heroic, and as a metaphor for trying to feel good in trying times, it may hit you close to home.
  7. There's a sense that he's trying to pass off a lack of ability as some kind of artistic statement. [Aug 2009, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4