Wavves
Life Sux


3.5
great

Review

by thunder15 USER (1 Reviews)
September 21st, 2011 | 23 replies | 6,237 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: wavves bb, r u relevant again??

2 of 6 thought this review was well written

Nathan Williams uses his musical career as a vehicle for his marijuana use, and that’s just fine. He is hated by many, but he just hides behind the haze of potsmoke and lo-fi production. His last release, King of the Beach, brought his songs out from behind all the fuzzin & buzzin that he is known for, to mixed reaction. To me, it was an album with a couple can’t-miss tracks and a hell of a lot of faux-variety by way of the slower tracks. For his new EP, Life Sux, NateDog keeps the professional production, but ups the effort he puts into songwriting.

My favorite Wavves tracks have always been the collaborations with Zach Hill [http://ghostramp.blogspot.com/2011/03/glued-hula-hoop-goldy-lox.html] because when they came on, I could recognize which song was which instead of just being aurally assaulted by das fuzz. Thankfully, that spirit of individuality has a significant presence on this EP. Wavves has always been a pop band, and for this EP Nathan Williams realized that pop bands live and die based on their songwriting. He has always produced memorable melodies, but often they were so banal or the instrumentation so annoying that their memorability was a curse. Life Sux, thank god, has some songs that you won’t mind getting stuck in your head. The intricacies of “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl” are good, so good in fact, that it goes on for five minutes and doesn’t feel long; a huge accomplishment for a Wavves song.

The real highlight here is “Poor Lenore,” where Nathan Williams finally slows down a song without also chopping its balls off (like the slow songs on King of the Beach). Its quiet verse, loud chorus, and vocal-melody-quoting guitar solo are tributes to grunge, but they are tributes done right. Those that don’t like Wavves earlier output should start here. It is the least prototypically Wavves song on Life Sux and its inclusion serves the EP well.

Life Sux feels like Wavves is getting more and more comfortable with producing albums in an actual studio, and the improvement in songwriting that actual production necessitates. Sure, Nathan Williams might be a dickhole in real life, but if he keeps heading this direction than his music might have a chance to make up for it.


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thunder15
September 21st 2011



619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is my first review so tell me stuff or something

Megadeth
September 21st 2011



935 Comments


bad gammer in summery

JaySeanFenris
September 21st 2011



140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*summary*

Mordecai.
September 21st 2011



8256 Comments


*gay*

xStayxTruex
September 21st 2011



328 Comments


gay review

FatChickIrl
September 21st 2011



4096 Comments


I hate mi lief gaiz im gnna make an album about it

thunder15
September 21st 2011



619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

-_-

iFghtffyrdmns
September 21st 2011



7047 Comments


i wanna hear this.
people hate on wavves so much

decent review, though of course if you claim to life wavves you kinda get shit on around here

xfearbefore
September 22nd 2011



1201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The indie hipster backlash against Wavves all because of some stupid asshole behavior is hilarious to me. Some of the best artists were total fucking asshole dickheads. Doesn't make their art any less great.

I loved King of the Beach last year, was my main good times album all summer long and everyone I shared it with liked it as well. Didn't even realize how many people hated this band until I came onto this site honestly.

Looking forward to hear this.

Digging: Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts

psykonaut
September 22nd 2011



3913 Comments


i listened to this and it wasn't terrible

iFghtffyrdmns
September 22nd 2011



7047 Comments


it was johnny hopkins and sloan kettering, and we were blazing that shit up EVERY day

thunder15
September 24th 2011



619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I want to clean this up at some point, but it's hard to know what to focus on without some constructive criticism

Mordecai.
September 24th 2011



8256 Comments


I want to clean this up at some point, but it's hard to know what to focus on without some constructive criticism


your review sucks no one read it

thunder15
September 24th 2011



619 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



wheresgodot
October 20th 2011



12 Comments


You're being trolled, review does its job

xfearbefore
April 9th 2012



1201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this review isn't bad at all, I'll pos it. Finally got around to checking this out the other day and enjoyed it quite a bit, not quite the follow up to King of the Beach I was hoping for but a nice chunk of songs and good times.

Mordecai.
April 10th 2012



8256 Comments


wavves sux

gabethepiratesquid
April 10th 2012



4521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still need to listen to this. The hate for Wavves because of the frontman was really dumb but I guess people got over it.

gabethepiratesquid
April 10th 2012



4521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's just cuz everyone was jealous that he was fucking the Best Coast girl.

PuddlesPuddles
April 10th 2012



4705 Comments


The hate for wavves was because he's a cockface? I always thought it was the more obvious reason. You know, that he flat out sucked



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