California’s resident skating stoner, Nathan Williams, is back with his project The Wavves tagging along are former members of the late Jay Reatard’s band, Billy Hayes and Stephen Pope, to bring you the break through King of The Beach. This album is big step forward from his previous noisy lo-fi music from the first two albums. But not one to change for anyone Nathan keeps it a little lo-fi to his own liking and it really works for him. The album kicks off with self-titled track which already proves how remarkable Nathan has gotten since Wavvves with a blend of surf-rock and 90s pop punk this song is really catchy and already looks like the best track on the album. Next is the part angst part frustration song “Super Soaker” the song is very catchy and very good at the same time and follows up “King of The Beach” very well. “Idiot” comes next and deals with the angst of Nathan Williams and shows that he really doesn’t care what you think it’s not the strongest track but it works very fine. Then the album goes into the slow sounding very sixties sounding “When Will You Come” that starts off with the very popular drum intro from the sixties as well the only downfall is that it‘s repetetive. And Nathan being a fan of the pop-punk sound has “Post Acid” as the next single and it’s also the catchiest and the most poppy of the songs off of the album but it sticks with his lo-fi sound as well and it’s really good and I wouldn’t mind hearing more Wavves’ songs that sounding like this. “Take On The World” comes next and is a far cry from the poppy “Post Acid” and is somewhat Nirvana sounding. This song takes the angst and thoughts of how Nathan feels about his music(maybe not really how he feels) and unravels into this song and while he says his music sounds the same in the song anyone who listens to Wavves know they do not. Overall this song is just as good as any other track and probably the best of the album. “Baseball Cards” is traditional Wavves with it’s sound and fits in with songs from the Wavvves album. “Convertible Balloon”(written by Billy) is a track that gets old quick and doesn’t really fit in with the other songs but it does show that Wavves are really diverse in their music. “Green Eyes” is another good track that’s probably an ode to Nathan’s favorite green plant or just a green-eyed girl who knows but Nathan. Nathan’s voice is very Daniel Johnston-esque in this song and it’s a good tune to put the album back on track. “Mickey Mouse” is next and is another descent track that could be perfect for the Wavvves album. Then the somewhat trippy “Linus Spacehead”(written by Stephen) comes on and is written well with it’s imagery. Next is the climatic finish “Baby Say Goodbye”(written by Billy as well) this song stands out and is one of the best on the album and it’s very short lyrics wise but the song goes on for a while the “baby say goodbye” as it plays to it’s finish.
Overall the album is very good and a step forward to future stuff The Wavves might make they blend some 90s pop-punk with surf rock and experimental music. The Wavves manage to create a fun summer album that sounds like no other album out and prove to be their own band that’s more than just a simple noise rock act. Nathan’s lyrics has improved and he finally has a band to play with which means he’ll continue to create more music that might improve from this album itself.