When it comes to identity and style changes, sometimes it works and sometimes it falls flat and in the case of Wilson, it works beautifully with their third record- Tasty Nasty.
With opener “Dumptruck,” it’s clear from the start that this isn’t going to be your normal Wilson record. This song hits and it hits hard. You can dance, you can groove, you can fuck, you can do it all on this song.
This brings us to “Wrong Side of History” where the guitar riffs are killer and has a southern metal feel, kicking your ass from the very start.
Lead single “Like a Baller” is just pure fun. It’s so tongue-in-cheek you can’t help but love it. It’s what everyone thinks of when they go to Hollywood or gets into entertainment- not to this extreme level but the song pokes fun at it. This song is so well done, you just fall in love with it- and the music video is so over the top, it’s amazing. Wilson down to the core
“My Hustle” is loaded with….. good god, the grooves, the grooves. This is dance metal central while “Summertime Treat (Tasty Nasty)” could fit in a film like Dude, Where’s My Car. It has a late 90’s-early 2000’s rock feel to it and it’s a nostalgic masterpiece. This really makes you feel like it’s summertime.
Picture yourself next to giant pool with a glass of whatever you like with all your buddies next to you- yeah, tell me this song doesn’t kick ass
“Act My Age” is a fun, happy go lucky guitar rock track that gets heavy at just the right time while “Spanish Coffee” really feels like you’re in Mexico or Spain. This could be the soundtrack to a Spanish movie. The band really masters the vibe of what the songs are titled and suck you in and this song epitomizes that.
With “Money (Money Money),” the horns really bring out the best of the song. Picture yourself winning the lottery or getting that huge payday…this song should be playing in the background.
“Fuck Up My High,” “House of Fuckery” and “Everyone Gets a Round on Me” keep this essence all the way through the end. Songs like the latter of the three could really be found in movies like American Pie and it’s absolutely glorious.
This album is a HUGE change of pace for Wilson and it’s more than a change of style- it’s a complete identity and brand shift and it pays off in every way you can possibly imagine.
They’re doing it at the perfect time- at just three albums in, they’ve built up a following but they aren’t so far into their career that they’ve pigeonholed themselves or boxed themselves into a specific genre corner or anything; Their previous two records were solid and really stood out but Tasty Nasty has an added element to it and everything just seems to click and they’re firing on all cylinders.