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  • Summary: Produced by Shawn Everett, the third full-length release for Canadian indie pop band Alvvays was delayed by a number of issues including the theft of demos, a flood, COVID-19 lockdowns, and finding new band members.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 18, 2022
    100
    It’s not simply an incremental improvement. It’s a quantum leap. As far as third albums go, it’s their Forever Changes, Summerteeth, and The Meadowlands rolled into one. It really is monumental. ... It truly is one for the ages.
  2. Oct 7, 2022
    90
    Its Alvvays least penetrable, most challenging album yet — but one that still preserves the band's best qualities, sounding chaotic and painstaking at the same time.
  3. Oct 7, 2022
    90
    The creation of Blue Rev may have been beset with trial and tribulation but the result is a heavenly indie pop hit guaranteed to make their already besotted fans fall even more head over heels in love with the band.
  4. Oct 6, 2022
    80
    These 14 tracks are so sonically rich with a multitude of textures, each listen peeling back just one measly layer; Molly’s vocal hooks and turns of phrase will remain in your brain days after the last listen.
  5. Oct 6, 2022
    80
    Blue Rev is a return that, in a strangely radical way, simply meets expectations. ... If you wanted to experience an etherealness that was anchored in experience, it was always Alvvays. And it still is.
  6. Oct 6, 2022
    80
    ‘Blue Rev’ is a magical, twisty excursion to a crossroads where the band simultaneously reflects on yesteryear and explores the turbulence of divergent realities.
  7. 60
    Blue Rev is a slightly disappointing return from such a brilliant indie band.

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  1. Nov 18, 2022
    10
    I didn't know what to expect going into this album was very impressed and reminds me of bloody Valentine but clearer sounding
  2. Oct 7, 2022
    10
    Absolutely amazing. This album has surpassed my expectations by far. They have never sounded better.
  3. Oct 8, 2022
    9
    This stuff is gorgeous. This album is awesome. I hope they make music more like this. My favorite tracks are "Many Mirrors", "Very OnlineThis stuff is gorgeous. This album is awesome. I hope they make music more like this. My favorite tracks are "Many Mirrors", "Very Online Guy", and "After the Earthquake". It's short but very pretty and euphoric. I highly recommend this shimmering guitar pop music. It's like medicine but better. I hope you buy this or at least listen to this. It's so sweet and nostalgic. What a magnificent return from the band. Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2022
    8
    A super blast of sugary yet tough showgazey goodness. It’s quite not as hooky as Antisocialites, but makes up for that with new textures andA super blast of sugary yet tough showgazey goodness. It’s quite not as hooky as Antisocialites, but makes up for that with new textures and extra urgency. A welcome ray of sunshine for the autumn. Expand
  5. Oct 7, 2022
    7
    Haven't really heard their other stuff but irrespective i consider this a phenomenal introduction! Blue Rev is a dizzying versatile explosionHaven't really heard their other stuff but irrespective i consider this a phenomenal introduction! Blue Rev is a dizzying versatile explosion of power pop that doesn't so much reference than it does revitalize. Pushing it's genre and band further than they've been. Expand