Alvvays - Antisocialites
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2017 Ratings: #425 / 938
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
2017 Rank: #61
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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
The Young Folks

Clocking in at just 32 minutes, Antisocialities makes for a fairly quick listen, but only increases the likelihood for a second playthrough from those who fall in love with its catchy hooks and introspective lyrics.

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
Evening Standard
While Alvvays’s influences are hard to miss amid the fuzzy riffs, droning synths and dreamy vocals, their melodies are timeless.
80
The Skinny

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

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
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
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
The Needle Drop
Alvvays' sophomore album offers some of the best dream and jangle pop I've heard in years.
80
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.

80
Dork
‘Antisocialites’ confirms Alvvays as a band with the world squarely at their feet. Bold, brave and feeling like an old favourite from the very first play – Alvvays are slipping into the sort of territory that’ll have us doe-eyed for years to come.
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.

73
Pitchfork
Alvvays have sharpened their focus without losing sight of themselves.
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
Uncut
On her band's follow-up to its 2014 self-titled debut, Rankin returns to that comfort zone with largely engaging results.
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
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.

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.

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
Mojo
Just occasionally the jangles get repetitive; sometimes, good things do go on too long.
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.

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 Observer

Molly Rankin’s pipes are pure 60s pop on Not My Baby, and her songwriting wit sparkles throughout this nuanced break-up album.

60
Gigwise

Largely ... Molly Rankin and co’s unwillingness to change things up too much is their downfall.

60
Q Magazine
It's not a wildly eclectic trip, but for dependable hooks and relatable emotion, Alvvays are spot on.
50
Spectrum Culture

Alvvays show signs of evolution on Antisocialites, but the maturity that’s supposed to come with that is still a long way off. Once again, Alvvays present a pleasant listen and nothing more.

50
Drowned in Sound
Almost everything about the album is just slightly off the mark, as if it’s accidentally been released too early.
thecrestedrose
85

I like this! I like it a lot, actually, and have done for quite some time now. As I suspect is the case with most people I was introduced to this record through its biggest song, Dreams Tonite. I discovered the track during a very peculiar time in my life, a time in which, to deal with what I was going through, I escaped into music; constantly on the search for new stuff to listen to, I'd hunt through Spotify playlists of things that were 'cool' and 'indie' because I thought it made me look ... read more

Plats
94

I'm back. I'm feeling better… I guess. Hopefully this will last long enough. I got new headphones. Let's fucking go.

... And what a way to end off a break! I pretty much occupied myself with a lot of shoegaze/dream pop albums to keep myself relaxed and focused on college work. Then I wanted to end it off with an album I've always wanted to hear. I first heard "Dreams Tonite" around the time it came out (apparently the single came out on my birthday) and I fell in love with it. ... read more

SnowyFighter
73

Indie kids still be boppin tho

Hmmmmm. So I liked this album a good bit, but it doesn’t leave as much of a lasting impression as their other records. This one can just feel a little too monotone sometimes. Am I alone in that? Idk. But okay don’t get me wrong it’s still good. I mean I’m giving it a 7/10 still. Very pleasant melodies and production. It’s a solid album all the way through with solid songs, just.. I guess nothing really jumps out at me as amazing ... read more

80

its alright

AndyRoo831
86

Huge step up from an already solid debut. This feels very concise and intentional, not a moment wasted. Really nice performances and especially singing

NR

Antisocialites follows on from alvvays' debut album in a way that only a truly incredible band could. While not deviating from the core sound that makes alvvays, well alvvays, antisocialites brings a slightly different spin on that sound, introducing more synths. Often considered the favourite album of the fans, themselves being dubbed antisocialites on the fan reddit. Another instant classic from alvvays, I would only change the album to have more.

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Track List

1In Undertow
3:17
93
2Dreams Tonite
3:16
93
3Plimsoll Punks
4:49
90
4Your Type
2:03
85
5Not My Baby
4:16
91
6Hey
2:48
84
7Lollipop (Ode to Jim)
3:17
89
8Already Gone
3:03
80
9Saved By a Waif
2:59
89
10Forget About Life
2:42
88
Total Length: 32 minutes
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Added on: June 6, 2017