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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was mixed with Rob Heaney.
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  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 21, 2019
    90
    Wave is texturally and aesthetically jaw-dropping, perfected by an artist who clearly took his time accentuating the beauty and sadness of every moment.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 21, 2019
    80
    Wave finds beauty in the belief that all's not lost. [Dec 2019, p.35]
  3. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    He's as strong a songwriter as always, but it feels like there's a deeper sense of purpose this time around, and it makes for a beautifully gratifying experience.
  4. Nov 13, 2019
    80
    A record to cling onto in the darkest of times, until the inevitable light starts to breach through again. Those TV montage soundtrackers may well have just found a new source of music.
  5. Nov 12, 2019
    70
    There are some glitchy electronic beats and questionable structural turns during the album's back half that feel a little bit out of place, but the overall vibe remains one of deep and heavy existential pain. Wave is an acutely overcast album, but Watson's gift for melody, narrative lucidity, and retro-pop sensibilities help to keep things more melancholic than maudlin.
  6. Mojo
    Oct 21, 2019
    60
    There's a surfeit of hushed intros building to emotional crescendos, but the feeling is all real. [Nov 2019, p.96]
  7. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2019
    60
    He lets the currents take it where they will, from the churning tumult of The Wave to the cresting, Bon Iver-ish Broken. [Dec 2019, p.113]