King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
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Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #184 / 892
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Based on 196 ratings
2010 Ratings: #92
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Okay, one last nostalgic trip down memory lane for tonight and I promise I'll be done. PROMISE.

Wavves is another group, similar to The Front Bottoms, who had a difficult time capturing the magic that was found on their earlier releases over the last decade. Granted, this wasn't their debut record but it was the first album that really started to, pun intended, make waves.

Wavves take the grungy garage rock style and mesh it into some surf-centric California-esque elements that makes you ... read more
Reminds me of the few times I've been to California. I hated it and that state, no offense if you're from California.
I'm not sure what element it is exactly that pushes this through 'fun' and into 'irritating'.

I think it's more that everything is trying to be grabby - so once one thing stops overdoing it (say the vocals) then in comes an irritating drum break, or some obnoxious backing vocals, or an unappealing 'tra-la-la' intelligence insulting melody, or the lyric sheet drops a clanger, etc.

Rarely does a 'by most measures quite ok' album beg me to switch it off as effectively as this one - and I ... read more
Relistening to this brings me so much nostalgia. I remember listening to this stuff with my dad maybe as long as 10 years ago when I was a toddler. Those were the good days.
Decent album. It has some great songs but It just misses that touch that their earlier albums had.
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Year End Lists

#15/A.V. Club
#16/No Ripcord
#23/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  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

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