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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie rock band led by Nathan Williams was produced by Woody Jackson.
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I'm hurting, baby, I'm broken down I need your loving, loving, I need it now When I'm without you I'm something weak You got me begging Begging, I'm... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Oct 2, 2015
    100
    Contagious and sarcastic, in-your-face and self-aware yet ultimately all about cutting loose, Wavves have offered up an album that proves themselves as leaders in the punk pack.
  2. Oct 9, 2015
    84
    Ultimately, there aren’t really any bad songs on this record, just songs that sound like something you may have heard Wavves or another band like them do before.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 27, 2015
    80
    This latest doesn't noticeably monkey with their formula, and with good reason. [Dec 2015, p.93]
  4. 75
    V is a self-assured record penned by a songwriter who’s anything but sure of himself, and that dynamic shines right through the curtain of fuzz.
  5. Oct 7, 2015
    70
    Somehow Williams is at his most charged-up and urgent when he’s at his bleakest, though you’d be hard-pressed to remember song titles here.
  6. 70
    The balance of good cheer and dark clouds is partly in the arrangements--V comprises exceedingly bright songs verging on true pop-punk. It’s probably the cleanest-sounding Wavves album to date.
  7. Nov 12, 2015
    30
    There isn't anything specifically awful about any of the songs and you can imagine any one being played at a Californian stoners' beach party and no one minding. But if you put the entire album on, no one is coming to your next one.

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  1. Oct 7, 2015
    9
    Absolutely phenomenal album by Wavves. Nathan and the band really step up in terms of offering an album with maximum enjoyment and minimumAbsolutely phenomenal album by Wavves. Nathan and the band really step up in terms of offering an album with maximum enjoyment and minimum filler. Right from the word go, the album keeps a high energy throughout and will appeal to most people simply because of the contagious hooks placed into each and every song. Definitely Wavves' most pop leaning record to date, however this is certainly not a bad thing at all as each and every song seems written in a way that is not annoyingly pop, and it certainly contrasts brilliantly to 2013's "Afraid Of Heights". The album has personally been on repeat constantly for me and I thoroughly recommend you try it out if you're up for a 30 minute fest of surfy pop-punk goodness. The only negative however, is that is only just over half an hour long, and it really makes you want more. Hopefully the next album shouldn't be too far away. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2015
    8
    Nathan and the boys proves to be comfortable with their sound and seems to have settled down a touch since previous albums, and with freshlyNathan and the boys proves to be comfortable with their sound and seems to have settled down a touch since previous albums, and with freshly released "V" another pinch of melody to their music were added, but not too much.
    Wavves remain Wavves, and it is great to get reminded of why I fell in love with this band in 2013 with their release of "Afraid of Heights"

    A solid album, perhaps a bit bland at points but the band's performance makes up for it, a couple of nice new songs to add to my playlist.
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