AOTY 2021


Wavves - Hideaway
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #591 / 661
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Based on 127 ratings
2021 Ratings: #769
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Northern Transmissions

Like all great pop music, Wavves have managed to hit perfect juxtaposed balance between upbeat sonic catchiness and lyrical themes that lean closer to pain, frustration and anxiety.


Now with the liberty of turning attention to new creative pathways, Williams has crafted one of their finest albums to date, this record an unshackled upping of the game.


It both bears the hallmarks of the band’s previous output and nods to the more introspective state they’re currently occupying.

God Is in the TV

Hideaway sees the band manoeuvre and mature into a slicker sound. There’s nothing massively new in terms of the themes explored on this record but you won’t mind that if you’re already a fan of Wavves’ personal brand of self-loathing, sarcasm, anxiety and depression.


Even when Wavves tread some familiar territory, the nine-song album is so short and peppy that it whooshes by like a refreshing ocean breeze. Pretty good for a landlord!


The fuzz-heavy pop-punk he was making back then still echoes loudly here but by connecting with producer Dave Sitek, the material also sounds crisper.


This easygoing, smooth, and poppy record stands tall next to their finest work and only comes up a little short because it lacks the one or two killer songs that make their best albums really pop.

Working with producer Dave Sitek, Nathan Williams returns with another mixed bag of combative rock songs that are straightforward to a fault.
The Skinny

Wavves are no stranger to this smooth-to-rugged combination, and on Hideaway, the mix feels like a familiar cocktail recipe that mostly hits all the right notes.

The Line of Best Fit

A warm welcome back after years of revisiting old Wavves, new Wavves is a bit more mature, maybe riddled with a few more demons, but here to get back into the music we’ve missed.

They begin the album desperately searching for a respite and stability amongst the whirling, unpredictable world around them. As ‘Hideaway’ draws to a close, they find it and sink into its depths.
The Arts Desk

Hideaway is modestly of a piece, ambitious only in its musical open mind and intransigently torn point of view.


Hideaway could perhaps have done with a few more leftfield moments ... because while it’s breezy and over before you know it, that’s largely because the majority of it is in one sedate speed setting.

Classic Rock

Wavves' Nathan Williams has given his social anxiety free rein on Hideaway, an album full of lo-fi pop-tinged melodies sugar- coating a bitter centre that was conceived in the shed at the end of his parents’ garden.

The Young Folks
Hideaway is a couple songs away from being a condensed retelling of Wavves’ history. After a strong reviving their gritty but pop-friendly punk, the group’s experimentation gets the best of them, withdrawing from their strengths for some fun out West and back in the production studio.
Wavves got predictable and boring. Also, it doesn't help that now Nathan Williams is a sucky landlord 😒
This band doesn't seem to have the same punch that they once did and I don't see myself returning to this record as much as I do some of their past work, however, I suppose there is some pretty decent poppy rock tracks and none the tracks were too bad. This is only okay to me.

Favorite tracks: Hideaway, Sinking Feeling, Marine Life, Planting a Garden
Least favorite: Caviar
there's really only one song on this record that isn't good, and thankfully it is the last track. this is a really solid project from wavves that, albeit short (only 29 min long), is a very enjoyable album.
Wavves - Hideaway

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 50% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 789th / 810

Highlight: Help is on the Way

Made me think of:
Jeff Rosenstock
Cloud Nothings
The Dirty Nile
Seeing as how pop-punk is having a resurgence, it’s a good idea for Nathan Williams to come through with a new Wavves album and in their newest release Hideaway he brings some fun energetic tunes and beach vibes, while not pulling back on the depressing nature of his lyrics. Have it be through the scuzzy opener “Thru Hell”, the simple power-pop formula of “Help is on the Way”, the chill sound of “Honeycomb” or country detour of “The Blame”, ... read more
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Added on: May 4, 2021