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Wavves: King of the Beach
Buy! - (Fat Possum)
After two promising but uneven ultra lo-fi albums followed by a disastrous 2009 tour involving an on-stage meltdown, a fistfight and cancelled shows, Wavves’ Nathan Williams is back with this surprisingly strong new full-length. With notable producer Dennis Herring behind the boards, and also featuring bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes (both formerly with Jay Reatard's band), King of the Beach has a considerably cleaned-up, ‘90s pop-punk sound flavored with some prominent surf, ‘60s girl-group and psych-rock influences along with some of Williams’ strongest songs to date, contrasting bright, catchy hooks and sunny melodies with self-deprecating, even outright self-loathing lyrics. 7/13/2010 - Don Yates
Other Wavves album reviews:

Afraid of Heights - 3/29/2013