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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.
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Archie, Marry Me
You've expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony You've student loans to pay and will not risk the alimony We spend our days locked in a room,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Aug 5, 2014
    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: 7 out of 8
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  1. Jul 23, 2017
    10
    One-hundred percent catchy, surf pop-y goodness. Grab a cozy chair and pop on any one of these tracks for an instant case of "warm andOne-hundred percent catchy, surf pop-y goodness. Grab a cozy chair and pop on any one of these tracks for an instant case of "warm and fuzzies" and a longing for the summer days of yesteryear. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Sep 30, 2017
    9
    (87/100) This album is something really different from most of the albums that i have ever heard. They way they make their guitars sound and(87/100) This album is something really different from most of the albums that i have ever heard. They way they make their guitars sound and the lovely voice pitch of the vocalist are the things that I love the most from this album. The lyrics could be a debatable point because they talk about youth (like really much of the alternative and pop albums nowadays) in must of the time, but the vocabulary and references that they use are rare to hear in any popular actual song, which is good, it make the album much deep and personal. You can feel a really clever and sentimental essence. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Jan 18, 2016
    8
    This is a very excellent debut from the indie rock band Alvvays. The melodies are very catchy, fun, and summer-like. It just sounds great. TheThis is a very excellent debut from the indie rock band Alvvays. The melodies are very catchy, fun, and summer-like. It just sounds great. The songwriting is also superb. But one major problem is that that the vocal production is absolutely TERRIBLE, it can be really hard sometimes to hear what Molly Rankin is saying, which is a shame because she is a great singer and the words she actually is saying are great. But all in all this a great album from 2014 that I can still come back to. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2018
    7
    Although quite repetitive, it is a very upbeat and fun album. A great debut.
  7. Aug 23, 2014
    5
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    Read my review if you fancy a second opinion. ''Alvvays'
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    Read my review if you fancy a second opinion. ''Alvvays' Album Review: Chirpy, Charming, Yet Ultimately Forgettable.'
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