Alvvays

Alvvays - Alvvays
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #125 / 1004
Year End Rank: #50
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Based on 665 ratings
2014 Ratings: #61
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Alvvays find a way to articulate their heart-struck, dream-like songs with deft intention and control.

91
Entertainment Weekly

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

90
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.

83
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.

80
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.

80
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. 

80
DIY

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’. 

80
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.

80
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.

80
Exclaim!

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

80
NME

Nothing on this record fails to impress.

76
Pitchfork

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.

70
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. 

70
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. 

zachthesnack
82
I danced my ass off to atop a cake
max2k
100
People often talk about how this is great, melancholy, cute dream pop, but I want to flip the convo a bit. Alvvays is one of the most romantic and swoony albums I've ever listened to. I just feel so bubbly when it's on- something about the quaintness of the love stories like on Archie Marry Me, and found here and there on the record, plus Molly's endearingly nasal voice is delightful. There's nothing like lying back in my bed and getting lost on a cloud as I text a girl and listen to Alvvays. ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
100
like Molly Rankin, perfect in every way.
82
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
reptilia0000
100
EDIT (OG Score: 99): Might as well round it, I just LOVE this album so much that it's unfair not only not giving it a 100, but also not calling it the best Alvvays record.

Yeah, this band is just unfair

Before "Antisocialites", Alvvays had already released an amazing, colorful, and dreamy project that, arguably, is just as good or even better than "Antisocialites".

Damn... where do I begin with this one? This is so good! Like, c'mon, after listening to their sophomore LP, ... read more
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Added on: June 21, 2014