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In the midst of the one impressive streaks of creative output in recent memory, it would only make sense that Nathan Williams caps off 2015 with the best record of his career. His fifth full-length solo album under the Wavves moniker, V, is a culmination of not only a year full of extraordinary work, but an entire career.

It is almost impossible to not discuss V without at least acknowledging the prodigious collection of music that Williams has put out this year. Between Sweet Valley, Spirit Club and a collaboration with Cloud Nothings, the San Diego-native and Los Angeles-transplant has become one of the hardest working individuals in music right now. It has felt like he has been on the tipping point to mainstream success since 2013's Afraid of Heights. Yet, despite a good chart performance from'Demon To Lean On' and several late night TV appearances, the tip never quite came. V will almost certainly be changing that.

When V first begins to play, the shredding, swirling, soaring guitars of 'Heavy Metal Detox' fly listeners into the first of the album's endless string of earworm melodies. Williams has always been skilled in the art of creating a superb pop melody, but again, V represents him hitting an undisputed peak. Standout after standout fill the tracklisting, with the first five of 'Detox', 'Way Too Much', 'Pony', 'All The Same' and highlight among highlights 'My Head Hurts' filling up almost half the record with a staggering run of power pop excellence.

But while the songs are almost all immediately destined to bury themselves in their brain on the force of their musical prowess (and there is no question that Williams and his now-standard creative group of bassist Stephen Pope, guitarist Alex Gates and drummer Brian Hill are all as tight as they've ever been, with Pope and Gates tagging songwriting credits all over V), the lyricism is as revelatory as has ever been found on a Wavves record.

Dealing with issues of substance abuse, heartbreak, confusion, isolation and a litany of other frightening topics, V is easily the most personal collection in the Williams' extensive discography. On 'My Head Hurts', he fittingly sings, "My head hurts and without you it's worse." On 'Flamezesz', death looms as he announces, "It's suicide, uh huh, the way you walk around." And on 'Redlead', "I'm broken and insane," he sings with the repetition of someone clearly on the edge of sanity. Each song tackles its respective issue with aplomb, as the 29-year-old vocalist emotively sings, screeds and screams through the breakneck speed of the album's 11 tracks.

The collaborative songcrafting process seems to have paid enormous dividends for Williams. In the past, he has been a self-proclaimed autocrat. "It used to be kind of a pride thing with me where I was just like, 'Wavves is Nathan and I'm gonna do everything,'" he told The 405 in a recent interview. But years of experience and being forced into collaboration seem to have unveiled its many benefits to Williams, who teamed up with producer Woody Jackson and shares the most writing credits of any solo Wavves record in his career.

The results are unmistakable. Over V's 31 minutes, a listener could theoretically skip to any track and find themselves carelessly dancing into the void with the joyous, raucous tracks that Wavves has meticulously created, with the indescribably catchy keys of 'Flamezesz' and the bouncy guitars of 'Wait' prime examples of how substantially this band has improved musically. But 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.

We declared 2015 to be the year of Nathan Williams and V has done nothing if not confirm that declaration.

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