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King Of The Beach [CD]

Wavves Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Straight from the dungeons of L.A., Wavves are releasing Afraid Of Heights, their fourth album and first on the Mom + Pop and Warner Bros. labels. Now a duo consisting of guitarist Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, they sound bigger, brasher, and shockingly more professional than ever on Afraid Of Heights which positions the band to take their rightful place amongst the pop-punk gods. ... Read more in Amazon's Wavves Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B003SBZEC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. King of the Beach
2. Super Soaker
3. Idiot
4. When Will You Come?
5. Post Acid
6. Take On the World
7. Baseball Cards
8. Convertible Balloon
9. Green Eyes
10. Mickey Mouse
11. Linus Spacehead
12. Baby Say Goodbye

Product Description

BBC Review

Nathan Williams has never been one for welcoming listeners into his world with open arms. In fact he's made things decidedly difficult since the first few Wavves tracks spread like wildfire around the web in 2008. Two hastily thrown together records followed (confusingly titled Wavves and Wavvves, recorded on his laptop and made up of reverb-heavy, rackety sprawl). Then, even worse: the singer very publicly teetered precariously on the brink of self-destruction. Depression, substance abuse and alcoholism ultimately marred his music-making and resulted in an onstage meltdown at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival last year.

So it's with trepidation that we approach this third long-play offering. What is Williams to sling at us next? Sighs of relief all round, though: he has come up trumps with King of the Beach, a record that makes good on Williams' earliest promise. Showcasing a cleaner sound and packed with super melodies and sunny harmonies, it's a radical step up from his first two efforts. Yet it doesn't stray far from the scruffy noise pop, experimentalism and emotional complexities we have now come to expect from Wavves' output.

Recorded over three months in a Mississippi studio with Modest Mouse producer Dennis Herring, the album is on the one hand a defiant romp through bratty lo-fi garage punk. But there's also a disturbing self-loathing and wilful love of weirdness lurking beneath each track. Super Soaker practically skips along, all buzzing basslines, bleeps and frenetic rhythms; yet it closes with William screaming an "I still feel stupid" refrain over the top of the sonic chaos. The infectious Idiot finds the singer claiming "I bet you laugh right behind my back," while Green Eyes is propelled by beautiful tinkling glockenspiels, pummelled drums and chugging guitars. But its lyrics contain a dark diatribe: "I tried running away, but I'm not fast enough... I'm just not man enough".

Most interesting, however, is Take on the World: just one of many album highlights, it's a blustery and compelling mix of self-doubt and bravado. "I hate my writing, it's all the same," sings Williams, but then the chorus erupts and seems to give the songwriter courage to contemplate world domination. King of the Beach offers a fascinating insight into the slightly skew-whiff mind of this talented young artist, now well on the way to mastering what could turn out to be an incredibly inventive career.

--Camilla Pia

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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Son Of Wavves ( The Reinvention ) 4 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
It would seem that Wavves front man Nathan Williams has
more or less pulled himself together, following last year's
ups and downs, to deliver a rather intriguing new album.
Truth-be-told the band's eponymous debut was absolutely dreadful!
A rag-bag of half-formed ideas drenched in crude distortion.
More bunk than punk!

'King Of The Beach', therefore, comes as a bit of a suprise.
A cleaner, well-differentiated, crisp-'n'-easy sound;
persuasive melodies and tidy but enthusiastic performances.

Mr Williams is assisted in his endeavours by Stephen Pope on
bass and Billy Hayes on drums. There are a dozen songs in the
collection, nine written by Williams, two by Hayes and one by
Pope. It sounds like there was some good energy going down in
the studio, vividly captured by producer Dennis Herring.

'Idiot' is a particularly good example of what the band does best.
After a somewhat sinister preamble of spooky B-movie laughter the
song-proper kicks in. It really does kick too! Bold and brash
and nasty, Mr Williams snarls out the vocal line with scant
regard for the finer points of what the human voice is capable.
It's a cracking and crackling piece of madness. The blistering
guitar chords at its heart sizzle through the air like a swarm
of angry wasps! Sterling stuf!!

'When Will You Come?' is an entirely different kettle of fish.
The big Spector(ish) backbeat heralds a sickly-sweet but largely
successful summer-of-love arrangement brimming over with creepy
candy-coloured harmonies pitched somewhere between Sesame Street
and Nightmare On Elm Street. A disconcerting experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great surf punk! 29 Oct 2011
By MrThing
Format:Audio CD
This album was one of my favourites from 2009 and I am still enjoying it to this day. Basically its well worth a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it 7 April 2014
By Lucy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Slight damage to the case but love this cd, getting me in the summer vibes, delivered fast too, definitely worth it!
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