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  • Summary: This is the first release on Fat Possum Records for the San Diego-based indie-rock artist.

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No Hope Kids
Got no car. Got no money. I got nothing, nothing, nothing, not at all. Got no god. (wah-wah-wah) Got no girlfriend. (wah-wah-wah) I know ? don't... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 80
    The result: an album exuding wall-punching energy, ugly noise, and raging nostalgia for stale bong water and sunburn.
  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. His ability to pump out the music is admirable, now he just needs a filter to sift the crap from the gold. If he hones in on his vision, there's spectacular potential. Until then, we'll have to take the bad with the good or self-compile a "greatest-hits of Wavves 2008/2009" mix tape.
  7. Q Magazine
    20
    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 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. FerelO
    Apr 6, 2009
    9
    Sure its an uneven album and you may visit the next button more often then you'd like. Overall though the highs are dizzingly high and Sure its an uneven album and you may visit the next button more often then you'd like. Overall though the highs are dizzingly high and the production is beautiful. Expand
  2. DNew
    Mar 19, 2009
    8
    No Hope Kids is great. The A.V. Club and P4K got it right.
  3. TonyN
    Mar 22, 2009
    8
    This album is solid. Fuck you, Austin Chronicle!
  4. Mar 2, 2018
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I can't believe Pitchfork had the cheek to rate this 8.1 and feature it in their best new albums section. This is terrible, there is so much distortion and fuzz that it drowns everything in noise. Unfortunately, there isn't much real music to begin with, so hiding it behind a wall of noise is probably considered 'artistic' or 'avant-garde' by the all the hipsters who rated this album highly. Most of the reviews for this album are very positive, which is a f*cking joke if you ask me. In the words of Q magazine (the only magazine to give it a **** rating): 'There's a sense that he's trying to pass off a lack of ability as some kind of artistic statement'.
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  5. FredR
    Mar 18, 2009
    0
    Sampled each song and couldn't even listen to them. Fuzz, fuzz and more fuzz. It's gotta be a joke right?