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  • Summary: The debut release for the Canadian five-piece indie pop band that includes Molly Rankin, daughter of Rankin Family member John Morris; former Two Hours Traffic member Alec O'Hanley; and Danks drummer Phil MacIsaac was produced by Chad VanGaalen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 91
    First albums rarely arrive catchier or more self-assured than this Toronto indie-pop quintet's frothy inaugural go. [9 Aug 2014, p.67]
  2. 83
    Alvvays has legitimately great songs, boasting sharp lyrics, comforting arrangements, and tics that give their music personality that can’t happen too deliberately.
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    80
    Whether you’re looking to fall in love this summer or pine away unrequited, you won't find a better soundtrack than this.
  4. Jul 16, 2014
    80
    Alvvays find a way to articulate their heart-struck, dream-like songs with deft intention and control.
  5. Aug 21, 2014
    80
    Though there are moments of frayed musical charm throughout Alvvays, including the irresistible crack in Rankin's voice during the final chorus of "Party Police" and the so-jangly-it-hurts arpeggios of "Atop a Cake," it exhibits an unexpected level of versatility for a debut.
  6. Jul 31, 2014
    70
    Alvvays is an exciting opening album from a band who, although not revolutionary in their musical styling, bring refinement to a genre that make them sound mature beyond their years.
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    60
    The band fails to sustain the album's early momentum, but there's still much to enjoy here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 24, 2014
    10
    Relatable. Infectious. Alvvays, on their self-titled LP, takes hold and doesn't let go, mesmerizing the listener each pass through. One of theRelatable. Infectious. Alvvays, on their self-titled LP, takes hold and doesn't let go, mesmerizing the listener each pass through. One of the best albums of 2014 by far, Alvvays deserves all the accolades that come their way as a result. I just hope it reaches enough people to get that consideration. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    9
    This is a stunning, nearly-flawless debut. The only thing missing is more songs. I could listen to dozens more. This could be the start ofThis is a stunning, nearly-flawless debut. The only thing missing is more songs. I could listen to dozens more. This could be the start of something huge. I dare you to NOT enjoy it! Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    8
    it took me a few listens before the non singles reached out and grabbed me. the first two tracks are good singles; 'adult diversion' andit took me a few listens before the non singles reached out and grabbed me. the first two tracks are good singles; 'adult diversion' and 'archie marry me.' i also love the songs 'dives,' and 'ones who love you.' Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2014
    5
    http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/alvvays-album-review-chirpy-charming.html

    Read my review if you fancy a second opinion. ''Alvvays'
    http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/alvvays-album-review-chirpy-charming.html

    Read my review if you fancy a second opinion. ''Alvvays' Album Review: Chirpy, Charming, Yet Ultimately Forgettable.'
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