Alvvays - Antisocialites
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Based on 30 reviews
2017 Ratings: #375 / 887
Year End Rank: #37
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Based on 798 ratings
2017 Ratings: #55
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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.
Alvvays' music might not be particularly timely, but great songwriting never goes out of style.

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.

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.

Pretty Much Amazing

Every song here is a hit and Antisocialites is brilliant.

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.

The Skinny

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

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.

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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Drowned in Sound
Almost everything about the album is just slightly off the mark, as if it’s accidentally been released too early.
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
Bright, sweet, and replayable. Antisocialites may be nothing new, but what it is is an addictive dream pop record that you'll want to hear over and over, complete with pretty vocal hooks and shimmering guitar melodies.

Favorite Tracks: Dreams Tonite, In Undertow, Lollipop (Ode To Jim), Not My Baby, Saved by a Waif, Already Gone

Least Favorite Track: Your Type
Maybe i love it too much but fuck.. This is pure joy
While nothing insane happens this album is very sweet and cute. It’s a quite a enjoyable listen and if you haven’t listened I suggest it. Dreams Tonite is definitely my favorite. Nothing really more to say. I like it though
No album should have the right to be this fun

Alvvays deliver a fun, colorful and dreamy album that's so likable and charming, it's impossible to not have you nodding your head for hours on end.

So, I'm a sucker for literally everything that sounds like this, I literally can't listen to a project that's as charming and colorful and this one without ending up calling it one of my favorite projects by the end. This record is seriously just a blast to go through, from the opener all the way to ... read more
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Added on: June 6, 2017