Antisocialites
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Rank: #208 / 629
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
Just as unique as that now-classic debut, Alvvays have inadvertently gotten their wish all the same. They’ve wound up in a league of their own.
90
Exclaim!
Alvvays' music might not be particularly timely, but great songwriting never goes out of style.
90
AllMusic

Thanks to the care and feeding the band put into their sound, Antisocialites manages the rare feat of a band topping their brilliant debut with a sophomore effort that's even more brilliant. Alvvays make it looks easy, and by the time the album is done spinning, it's hard not to start thinking about how great their next record could be.

89
Paste

Alvvays was a mid-June perfect summer day; Antisocialites is a little cloudier, with a bit of a cold breeze blowing through. But, hey, it’s still summer after all.

83
A.V. Club

Rather than clashing, those two halves—one romantic and aspirational, one blunt and realistic—sharpen each other and create an album that delivers, and then some, on the promise of the band’s self-titled debut.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Every song here is a hit and Antisocialites is brilliant.

80
The Line of Best Fit

While it might never really reach the dizzying heights of Alvvays, it still shows the band head and shoulders above the rest. When coupled with the bright, shimmering guitars and synths, it, like its predecessor, feels somewhat magical.

80
The Skinny

This is Alvvays pushing the jangle pop envelope, and the perfect album for when sunny summer turns to antisocial autumn.

80
Northern Transmissions

Antisocialites is another strong effort from a band that has their songwriting down to a chemical level. It’s enjoyable at first blush and holds up on repeat listens. While it doesn’t challenge the band’s existing formula, it’s charming enough to stand out anyway.

80
NOW Magazine

Antisocialites doubles down on Alvvays’s strengths while also helping the band carve out a stronger identity within their well-established sound. By highlighting the band itself, Alvvays one-up their exciting debut.

80
musicOMH

This is an album that confirms Alvvays’ massive potential and makes the perfect soundtrack for those nights indoors as the summer begins to fade.

80
The Needle Drop
Alvvays' sophomore album offers some of the best dream and jangle pop I've heard in years.
73
Pitchfork
Alvvays have sharpened their focus without losing sight of themselves.
70
Clash

With 'Antisocialites' the band have deftly realised what worked the first time around and have expanded on it with some respectable experimentation.

70
Loud and Quiet
‘Antisocialites’ is inevitably slicker, and the pristine pop of earlier work is heightened for ultimate saccharine effect.
70
Rolling Stone

Alvvays gave us the greatest indie-rock wedding proposal ever with their 2014 classic "Archie, Marry Me," and Antisocialites is similarly full of fuzzy-guitar beauty and shoegazing romanticism.

70
PopMatters
As with their 2014 eponymous debut, the band continues to hone a strain of loose, jangly guitar pop in the same vein as TOPS and Pure Bathing Culture, winking at the obscurities of dream pop while keeping both feet planted firmly in the sunshine. Still, with their latest effort, Alvvays find ways to expand their scope and deepen their ambition.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Antisocialites may not be a manifest step forward for Alvvays. Quieter than its predecessor on many of the songs, the album sacrifices immediacy for Rankin’s occasionally mawkish but otherwise astute poetics. But the tradeoff is worth it.

70
No Ripcord

Molly Rankin’s vocals throughout the record compliment the soundscapes perfectly, fanning disappointment with hope whilst exercising a great deal of control - and an admirable lack of bias - over her ponderings.

65
Under The Radar
Fans of the debut will still find plenty to like here, even as the group's sound has lifted further from the ground towards more ethereal planes familiar to Beach House or even Chromatics.
60
God Is in the TV

Where their self-titled 2014 album was one of those rare debuts that arrive fully-formed, bearing quality songs from soup to nuts and the promise of future greatness, Antisocialites is a step backwards, sounding more like the tentative, derivative baby steps of a new band rather than the coronation of indie-pop royalty I was expecting.

60
The 405

Antisocialites is Alvvays most regrettable attempt at an album - brash and bold, Alvvays come out of Antisocialites as the ultimate copy-cats, almost going through the motions of what they're good at - or at least what we thought they were good at.

50
Drowned in Sound
Almost everything about the album is just slightly off the mark, as if it’s accidentally been released too early.
Sep 21, 2017
bitterblossom12
86
This is maybe the best indie rock album of the year. God Molly Rankin writes some incredibly catchy hooks and melodies, and I love the hell out of her voice. 10 songs is perfect, 33 minutes, doesn't wear out its welcome, every track is great, guitar tones on point, I am a fan of her lyricism, at times very blunt, but always using great sounding words that roll of the tongue in her phrasing. I mean I wish there was an album like Puberty 2 or Teens of Denial from this year that could be this ... read more
Sep 15, 2017
PakChoi
84
Its another good jangle pop album from Alvveys. Its not ground breaking, but tbh its lovely to listen to.
Sep 8, 2017
VinylHound83
77
In Undertow - 9/10
Dreams Tonite - 8/10
Plimsoll Punks - 7/10
Your Type - 6/10
Not My Baby - 8/10
Hey - 7/10
Lollipop (Ode to Jim) - 10/10
Already Gone - 6/10
Saved By a Waif - 7/10
Forget About Life - 9/10

Overall Rating: 77 out of 100 = 77%

Overall Opinion: Pretty good indie pop album.
Sep 8, 2017
JohnLouisHoward
92
Like Bandcamp says, "Alvvays shine when they match disquieted subject matter with bright instruments and carefree pop melodicism." that's an excellent definition of what real indie pop is all about, and Alvvays are the best in the genre since Camera Obscura. the Rankin/MacLellan combination mirrors and channels Campbell/Lander, while adding the unique twists and quirks of their first album. there are no once-in-a-career masterpieces like "Archie Marry Me" but overall the ... read more
Oct 18, 2017
84
Best indie pop record of the year? At this point it's in the lead by a fair margin. Each song is perfectly catchy, and Molly Rankin has capitalized on her many strengths and morphed into one of the stronger frontpeople of modern indie. Her voice is nimble and has a lovely tone, but just as importantly, perfectly captures an essential balance between twee and deadpan to a greater effect than anyone I can think of since Tracyanne Campbell. Such an infectious and intelligent band.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#17/NME
#25/Piccadilly Records
#55/Drowned in Sound
MISC LISTS
#45/Drift Records
Track List
  1. In Undertow
  2. Dreams Tonite
  3. Plimsoll Punks
  4. Your Type
  5. Not My Baby
  6. Hey
  7. Lollipop (Ode to Jim)
  8. Already Gone
  9. Saved By a Waif
  10. Forget About Life


Added on: June 6, 2017