Nathan Williams continues to refine his bored-and-bratty, psychedelic surf-rock on Wavves’ fifth album, V. The San Diego native's basic songwriting preoccupations—I suck, life sucks, maybe life is actually kinda okay sometimes—endure, propelled by a now seamless fusion of raucous pop-punk and ‘60s bubblegum that’s worthy of Weezer. But nuance abounds. As Williams worries that he's "getting worse” amid the opening crunch of “Heavy Metal Detox”, he also offers a layer of hope to the acidic shimmer of “Pony”, by way of the album’s most memorable chorus: “It gets better”.

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