Alvvays - Alvvays
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #116 / 956
Year End Rank: #50
User Score
Based on 544 ratings
2014 Ratings: #80
Liked by 12 people
July 22, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polyvinyl / Label
Indie Pop, Twee Pop / Genres
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Alvvays find a way to articulate their heart-struck, dream-like songs with deft intention and control.

Entertainment Weekly

First albums rarely arrive catchier or more self-assured than this Toronto indie-pop quintet’s frothy inaugural go.

The Line of Best Fit

Alvvays’ record is a hard-hitting, multi-faceted anthology of awesome, and sits pretty as one of 2014’s brightest debuts.

Consequence of Sound

On their excellent self-titled debut, the five-piece will struggle to convince listeners of their album’s importance or its greatness; the love for this album is very emotionally based.

The Skinny

Alvvays’ sumptuously pretty pop glistens with hazy reverb and insouciant jangles, recalling yer La Seras and yer Dum Dum Girlses without really sounding too much like either of them.

Rolling Stone

It's a rare treat to discover a debut like Alvvays'. Each of the nine songs on the Toronto band's first LP is a sharply drawn indie-pop wonder, steeped in romance, wit and melody. 


It draws from the same spirit as early Shins and given its lack of missteps, it’s capable of becoming just as important a debut as ‘Oh, Inverted World’. 

The 405

Leaving themselves with no room for filler, the band set out to deliver on the promise of their singles, and we're thrilled to report that they've succeeded. Stardom beckons.

Drowned in Sound

What sets Alvvays apart from their peers is the sense of darkness and melancholy that hides behind the somewhat sprightly tunes on offer.


Like all good summertime experiences, Alvvays' debut feels like a warm and fuzzy memory, forging a deeper sense of nostalgia with each repeat visit.


Nothing on this record fails to impress.


This is the sound of pristine pop music blasted through cheap, blown-out headphones—and every time it seems like a song is about to decay before your ears, you sense both the sadness and liberation of knowing that nothing lasts forever.

No Ripcord

Despite the sun-soaked paisley vibe that it initially sets, Alvvays sidetracks itself from the “summer album” malady with a surprising amount of hefty hooks and sweet-and-sour lyrical contours. 

Under The Radar

Produced by folk-rock veteran Chad VanGaalen, Alvvays capitalizes on its use of reverb and nostalgia to create a charming wistfulness in some places, but hasty aftereffects in others. 

Lo-fi indie pop records are a dime a dozen, but with their debut, Alvvays establish themselves as one of the best new bands of this genre. Molly Rankin's unembellished, vaguely deadpan voice is a natural pair with the witty and surprisingly perceptive lyrical matter. Nine songs is the right length for this sort of album, and there are no misfires, which is impressive for a debut. Perhaps there are no real surprises or left turns (sonically -- lyrically they can catch you off guard), but that ... read more
I danced my ass off to atop a cake
"They, they are the ones who love you," the singer mimes midway through the album in the song "Ones Who Love You" accompanied by syncopated guitar and fade-in fade-out drums, and yet for all it's worth, they made a new generation of music for people to consume, contemplate, and energy. I didn't expect how a deadpan, vaguely empty voice could move me as I was listening the album. Every song is fleeting and dreamy, and yet it carries you from start to end with full knowledge ... read more
forget all your problems, close the door of your room. play this album. and start dancing like a teenage girl who really enjoys the world. .
A blueprint for how to create a fantastic and fresh sounding Indie Rock album. I think what is so amazing about this album is these songs get stuck in your head and will not let go; they are melodies that feel timeless and essential. 'Archie, Marry Me,' is flawless. Big points for the album art as well, it is a superb image.
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Track List

  1. Adult Diversion
  2. Archie, Marry Me
  3. Ones Who Love You
  4. Next of Kin
  5. Party Police
  6. The Agency Group
  7. Dives
  8. Atop a Cake
  9. Red Planet
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Added on: June 21, 2014