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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jul 15, 2021
    80
    Wavves have created their most varied collection so far.
  2. 80
    With the liberty of turning attention to new creative pathways, Williams has crafted one of their finest albums to date, this record an unshackled upping of the game.
  3. Uncut
    Jul 27, 2021
    70
    The fuzz-heavy pop-punk he was making back then still echoes loudly here but by connecting with producer Dave Sitek, the material also sounds crisper. [Sep 2021, p.35]
  4. Jul 21, 2021
    70
    This easygoing, smooth, and poppy record stands tall next to their finest work and only comes up a little short because it lacks the one or two killer songs that make their best albums really pop. Still, it's a nice addition to their catalog and perfect for fans of loud but not too loud, wild but not too wild, modern rock & roll.
  5. Jul 13, 2021
    70
    Even when Wavves tread some familiar territory, the nine-song album is so short and peppy that it whooshes by like a refreshing ocean breeze.
  6. Jul 19, 2021
    62
    This band lives or dies by its hooks, and in truth most of Hideaway’s are only OK. They’re straightforward to a fault, and short on those small, sometimes barely even perceptible deviations from expectation that distinguish a sublime hook from a routine one. Williams’ greatest strength and weakness as a songwriter is that he always follows the path of least resistance.
  7. Jul 16, 2021
    60
    Hideaway could perhaps have done with a few more leftfield moments, then, because while it’s breezy and over before you know it, that’s largely because the majority of it is in one sedate speed setting.
  8. 60
    Short and sweet at nine songs, a few struggle to stand alone.
  9. Jul 13, 2021
    60
    Wavves are no stranger to this smooth-to-rugged combination, and on Hideaway, the mix feels like a familiar cocktail recipe that mostly hits all the right notes.
  10. Jul 22, 2021
    58
    Despite the label hopping, the independent releases, the decade of time spent away, Wavves still hasn’t changed much.
  11. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 13, 2021
    50
    An album full of lo-fi pop-tinged melodies sugarcoating a bitter centre. [Summer 2021, p.86]

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