Hideaway

Wavves - Hideaway
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #385 / 419
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2021 Ratings: #463
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

80
NME

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.

80
DIY

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

80
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.

70
Exclaim!

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!

70
Uncut

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

62
Pitchfork
Working with producer Dave Sitek, Nathan Williams returns with another mixed bag of combative rock songs that are straightforward to a fault.
60
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.

60
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.

60
Dork
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.
60
The Arts Desk

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

60
Kerrang!

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.

50
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.

opinionofnobody
50
Wavves got predictable and boring. Also, it doesn't help that now Nathan Williams is a sucky landlord 😒
gopxity
62
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
squelch
79
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.
60
Its just a bit basic
Z.Younk
60
Finally getting around to this album by a band I used to really love, and saw live during the Afraid of Heights tour with FIDLAR. Nathan Williams has been a prolific indie and pop punk style songwriter at times and at other times an inept self-absorbed purveyor of progressive rock indulgences and power pop. Here he's more grounded, focused back on what made Wavves' first 3 albums really stand out. It doesn't have the same energy but I like the songs moreso than V's, though too ... read more
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Track List

1Thru Hell
2:45
63
2Hideaway
3:57
66
3Help is on the Way
3:23
74
4Sinking Feeling
3:33
86
5Honeycomb
4:11
62
6The Blame
3:07
62
7Marine Life
2:05
58
8Planting a Garden
2:24
70
9Caviar
3:47
59
Total Length: 29 minutes
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Added on: May 4, 2021