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King of the Beach

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Snotty and self-loathing as ever, even after catching a huge updraft of success, Wavves' 2010 outing finds indie rock's Edward Furlong, aka Nathan Williams, in an actual hi-fi studio. Teamed with Counting Crow/Modest Mouse producer Dennis Herring, who approached Williams after a show, King of the Beach finds the overnight blog sensation in a cleaned-up setting. With more recording toys at his disposal, he takes more risks, showing a new dimension to his stoned mind as he breaks away from muddy skate punk and tries his hand at some dense psychedelia. The sunny "Take on the World" takes a Beulah approach, and "Baseball Cards" finds Williams experimenting with chillwave,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Snotty and self-loathing as ever, even after catching a huge updraft of success, Wavves' 2010 outing finds indie rock's Edward Furlong, aka Nathan Williams, in an actual hi-fi studio. Teamed with Counting Crow/Modest Mouse producer Dennis Herring, who approached Williams after a show, King of the Beach finds the overnight blog sensation in a cleaned-up setting. With more recording toys at his disposal, he takes more risks, showing a new dimension to his stoned mind as he breaks away from muddy skate punk and tries his hand at some dense psychedelia. The sunny "Take on the World" takes a Beulah approach, and "Baseball Cards" finds Williams experimenting with chillwave, complete with weird Ween Quebec-era synths. Of course, Williams is at his best when he's rocking to the beat of his punk heroes the Descendents or Adolescents, and with Jay Reatard's former bandmates Billy Hayes and Stephen Pope by his side, "Super Soaker," "Idiot," and "Post Acid" are among Wavves' thrashin' best. In this glossy well-mixed setting, the songs are more penetrable than the ones on the 2009 homemade outings Wavves and Wavvves. "I'm so Bored," despite being fantastic, was leveled out by so much tape distortion that it took a dedicated ear to cut through the muck and find the melody. King of the Beach is less abrasive, but it's still a wildly messy pastiche. Wavves sometimes gets carried away --"Neon Balloon" and its sea of synth gurgles and helium vocals is near silly -- but when Williams finds his stride and carves the tube of punky psych sonics, the results are totally awesome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981122427
  • Catalog Number: 1224
  • Sales rank: 9,806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King of the Beach (2:38)
  2. 2 Super Soaker (2:28)
  3. 3 Idiot (2:52)
  4. 4 When Will You Come (2:35)
  5. 5 Post Acid (2:10)
  6. 6 Take On the World (2:41)
  7. 7 Baseball Cards (3:04)
  8. 8 Convertible Balloon (2:24)
  9. 9 Green Eyes (3:49)
  10. 10 Mickey Mouse (3:51)
  11. 11 Linus Spacehead (3:11)
  12. 12 Baby Say Goodbye (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wavves Primary Artist
Billy Hayes Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Stephen Pope Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar (Baritone)
Nathan Williams Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
Technical Credits
Dennis Herring Composer, Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Kyle "Slick" Johnson Engineer
Matt Agoglia Mastering
Billy Hayes Composer
Stephen Pope Composer
Nathan Williams Composer, Programming, drum machine, Instrumentation
Margaret Graves Artwork
Kelly Seagraves Artwork
Amelia Braekke-Dyer Logo
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