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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Toronto-based indie-pop band led by Molly Rankin was produced by Alec O'Hanley and John Congleton.
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In Undertow
You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can You made a mistake you'd like to erase and I understand "What's left for you and me?" I ask... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Sep 8, 2017
    100
    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.
  2. Sep 6, 2017
    89
    For all its darker and uneasy lyrical content, this is still a record that begs to be blasted on road trips and at rooftop parties.
  3. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2017
    80
    An exuberant, ebullient revelation, awash in the cascading guitar work of Alec O'Hanley and Rankin's sunshiney, slapback-treated vocals, for a full power-pop effect that falls somewhere between vintage Tourists and recent Camera Obscura. [No. 146, p.53]
  4. Uncut
    Aug 29, 2017
    70
    On her band's follow-up to its 2014 self-titled debut, Rankin returns to that comfort zone with largely engaging results. [Oct 2017, p.24]
  5. Oct 25, 2017
    70
    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.
  6. Sep 11, 2017
    70
    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.
  7. Sep 11, 2017
    50
    Alvvays were the perfect band to listen to when a need arose to forget about life. Despite its title, Antisocialites doesn’t manage to accomplish the same thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    This album is straight up incredible. Such an improvement on their last album and there isn't one song out of place. The singer has a greatThis album is straight up incredible. Such an improvement on their last album and there isn't one song out of place. The singer has a great voice and the music is catchy af. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2017
    10
    Keeping the same level as the first album, but this time with more dreamy pop sound, Antisocialites is one of the best albums of 2017.Keeping the same level as the first album, but this time with more dreamy pop sound, Antisocialites is one of the best albums of 2017. Alvvays is a great band. Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2017
    10
    This is an album most critics have missed the mark on, probably because they didn't give it the time and attention it deserves. There haveThis is an album most critics have missed the mark on, probably because they didn't give it the time and attention it deserves. There have been a lot of incredible albums in 2017, but I can't think of a more tightly written selection of pop songs with as much color and detail and texture as Alvvays's Antisocialites. There are no filler tracks here. Sweet melodies crash beautifully with introspective, gloomy lyrics. The album is stylistically on point with its dream pop sound but never uses it as a crutch. Solid songwriting and performances are what carry this album to be one of the best of the year. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2017
    9
    Their first album was really good but this one is produced better (with Molly Rankin's voice much more up front and clear) and the album isTheir first album was really good but this one is produced better (with Molly Rankin's voice much more up front and clear) and the album is much more consistent. Each time I listen to it, a different song stands out. I love Not My Baby, Plimsoll Punks and Hey but other great songs too. This band really crafts the songs and they all have great hooks and Molly Rankin's lyrics are subversive and fantastic. The instrumentation is excellent without any wasted efforts. More background vocals add life to the songs. They alvvays (heh) seem to want to their songs to be like Phil Spector's wall of sound production work at his heyday and that ain't bad. Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2022
    9
    I couldn't have asked for a better return from the pop band. It's a great second album. It's not as good as the first album but there are tooI couldn't have asked for a better return from the pop band. It's a great second album. It's not as good as the first album but there are too many great songs. Highlights: "Lollipop", "Not My Baby", "Saved by a Waif". Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2017
    8
    Antisocialites uses a near perfect formula for a great pop album. Gentle sounds, consistent and concise song structure, and most importantly,Antisocialites uses a near perfect formula for a great pop album. Gentle sounds, consistent and concise song structure, and most importantly, catchy melodies keep the album lively and colorful throughout without overfilling or oversaturating its sound. In terms of pop music, Alvvays has hit the nail on the head. My only real complaint is the lack of diversity in both sounds and really interesting song topics. Expand
  7. Sep 17, 2017
    7
    After listening to Alvvays first album, I didn't find it particularly interesting. It was just generic Dream Pop that wasn't anything special.After listening to Alvvays first album, I didn't find it particularly interesting. It was just generic Dream Pop that wasn't anything special. I liked some of their songs, but usually, that was more due to the brilliant lyrics rather than the songs actually being very interesting. However, this album is great and has really surprised me for how good the songs are. I love 'In Undertow' and 'Plimsoll Punks' a lot, they're great songs and they have a much more interesting, cohesive sound in addition to Molly's great lyrics and vocal delivery, which I feel was missing on their début. I think that the album is one of the better albums of this year; it's fully deserving of a 7/10, maybe even an 8 after more listens. Expand

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