Wavves - V
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #456 / 772
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2015 Ratings: #396
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros., Ghost Ramp / Label
Power Pop, Pop Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
Contagious and sarcastic, in-your-face and self-aware yet ultimately all about cutting loose, Wavves have offered up an album that proves themselves as leaders in the punk pack.
85
The 405
One who chooses to listen to the album in full--an exceedingly easy task to do repeatedly given the immediate appeal of the record--will be treated to one of the most down-to-earth takes on what it like to be actively battling your demons, internal or otherwise.
84
Paste

These songs stand bare on their own for what they are: punk rock with an ear for pop catchiness.

83
A.V. Club

What keeps V fresh is that to the side of Williams’ now familiar monster hooks ... he continues to weave in off-kilter grungy noise and oddities without ever threatening to knock the train off the rails.

80
AllMusic

Not many bands are able to rekindle their fire when the flame goes out as drastically as in Wavves' case. V shows that they're one of the few to pull it off, and they even sound better than ever.

80
Exclaim!

Williams' lyrics, which have become perhaps just as crucial a part of the Wavves formula as his hooks, address anxiety and Millennial malaise as strongly as ever here.

75
Consequence of Sound

With V, Williams reasserts his status as one of pop punk’s preeminent songwriters, even if this version of pop punk has more in common with Black Flag on Nervous Breakdown than with Blink-182.

70
Rolling Stone

Their songs have never been sharper, brighter or more confident.

70
Spin

V ... is layered, unfashionably polished, and serves no purpose other than to be the best album yet by a guy so stubbornly determined to stop sucking that he’s kept at it for five albums and counting.

70
PopMatters

The temptation to change hasn’t been enough to find a marked difference between V and the rest of Wavves’ catalog. 

65
Pitchfork

V is a perfectly capable record, one that showcases what we’ve come to expect—and in many cases, enjoy—from Williams and his band. Even so, you wonder where else they might have gone.

60
The Skinny

There's still a punk aesthetic running through Williams' vision, yet Wavves have shed some of the more alluring aspects of their past.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, V leaves Wavves at a crossroads in their career; they’ve carved out an effective niche for themselves, but now appear to be moving forwards at a snail’s pace.

30
Under The Radar

V isn't the worst album you'll hear this year. There isn't anything specifically awful about any of the songs and you can imagine any one being played at a Californian stoners' beach party and no one minding. But if you put the entire album on, no one is coming to your next one.

nostar
80
Like it a lot, don't love it.
Z.Younk
63
Williams has decided to delve into power pop. The main issue is his songwriting which had digressed into pretentious trope, and its insanely repetitive, sometimes coming off as a jaded, whiny display.
Valeron21
80
Pretty enjoyable record with a lots of big hooks. Gets slightly repetitive towards the end.
HighClouds
70
http://www.highclouds.org/wavves-v/
55
Not even comparable to their previous releases
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#38/Diffuser

Track List

  1. Heavy Metal Detox
  2. Way Too Much
  3. Pony
  4. All the Same
  5. My Head Hurts
  6. Redlead
  7. Heart Attack
  8. Flamezesz
  9. Wait
  10. Tarantula
  11. Cry Baby
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