Alvvays
Alvvays


3.5
great

Review

by Thor CB USER (2 Reviews)
August 12th, 2014 | 24 replies | 1,433 views


Release Date: 07/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing extremely new or innovative, but still great and worth a listen

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Alvvays, led by Molly Rankin, is a surf rock, shoegaze, and indie pop group from Toronto, Canada. In most cases for my taste, bands like this aren't very special or have any stand-out songs/albums, but this debut album from Alvvays proves that my taste has it's soft spots for music like this at times.

I'll start off talking about Rankin's voice on this record. Everything comes out clear, strong, and never seems to stray too far from the pitch it should be in, which is great for the genres and styles used on the record. Sometimes it has it's more melodic moments, like on the track "Next of Kin", and sometimes it shows her strength as a vocalist, like on "Archie, Marry Me". The instrumentals are all put into zones where the sounds balance out well behind Rankin's vocals, and most songs keep an upbeat and pop-y sound that keep your head bobbing through it all. The good mix of moments make it out to be a smooth listen, and you won't even realize the record has ended once it does.

But that is also my main issue with the record- this non-realization of the ending comes from the fact that plenty of the songs sound similar, and go through similar song structures as well. It reminds me of some of the early Best Coast, strong on reverb, kind of twangy guitar, and strong female melodies, but a lot of it just ends up sounding repetitive, despite the decent craftsmanship put into each track. As much as that's an issue, it doesn't bother me all too much like it might on other records, mainly because of the songs themselves. They're all solid, some I'd call pretty terrific (The Agency Group, Next of Kin, Adult Diversion), so I can't argue with the repetitiveness too much. The songs got under my skin, and once they were there, they just grew on me quickly and easily.

Overall, it's a great record, and definitely worth a listen if you're into dreamy female vocals and very beach-y vibes. It's a really easy listen, and when I first threw this under my radar, I listened to it a solid 6 times in what seemed like no time at all. I can for sure say that it's an album fit for the summertime, so give it a listen before the season is over!


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Thuglifethor
August 11th 2014



46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow I probably wrote this really badly, but whatever

VaxXi
August 11th 2014



372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a good review, but something about that first sentence is making it really hard to read after a few times. I would do something about fixing that.

tommygun
August 11th 2014



24418 Comments


cool album review is eh

Digging: The National - Cherry Tree

Thuglifethor
August 11th 2014



46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Changed it, it sounds a bit more clear to me, hopefully you too

TheSpirit
August 11th 2014



17708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of my fav albums of this year

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

VaxXi
August 11th 2014



372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It sounds like 1992 came back to bite me in the ass

SourAK
August 11th 2014



1631 Comments


should prob finally check this

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2014



4408 Comments


I've been hearing quite a bit about these guys. I've been meaning to check them out. review isn't bad either, its brief and I got a pretty good sense of what to expect. have a pos.

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Keyblade
August 11th 2014



14683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here I was writing my review for this damn. Needs more attention for sure

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sniper
August 11th 2014



19048 Comments


this album is so great, best thing in this vein i've heard in a long while.

chad vangaalen comes thru again.

VaxXi
August 11th 2014



372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Im not feeling the vocalist much, but that instrumental is bootyful

sniper
August 12th 2014



19048 Comments


YOU DON'T HAVE
TO LEAVE
YOU CAN JUST STAY HERE
WITH ME

sniper
August 12th 2014



19048 Comments


this isn't amazing music but it is everything music like this is supposed to be imo, strong 3.5 material.

Rhyme
August 12th 2014



992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is pretty good

had no idea these guys were from toronto tho, kinda makes me like this a little more

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 12th 2014



12951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is fun and good =]

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sniper
August 12th 2014



19048 Comments


:]

wwf
August 12th 2014



603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It took me a while to dig the singer's style but she's pretty good

Also Party Police is probably the best song on this album, it's so catchy

NorthernSkylark
August 12th 2014



2384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, this is definitely soft spot music for me
love it to bits

Digging: Low Roar - 0

NorthernSkylark
August 18th 2014



2384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shortcomings, well you can take your pick
when you are catering to one of your nervous ticks

tommygun
August 26th 2014



24418 Comments


hey hey marry me aaarchiieeeee



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