9 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Alvvays were a buzz band before they’d even gotten a complete album out. This self-titled debut has the good fortune of being produced by indie rocker Chad VanGaalen and mixed by Holy F***’s Graham Walsh and John Agnello, who’s worked with everyone from Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. to Kurt Vile, Drive-By Truckers, and Son Volt. Naturally, the sound quality here is improved over the records from the twee C86 movement that influenced the band. Songs like “Adult Diversion” and “Archie, Marry Me” are taken to new places with the sonic depth here. Led by singer/guitarist Molly Rankin, Alvvays manage gorgeous melodies brought to life by several layers of watery guitars, with a touch of synth (it provides the steady atmosphere for “Party Police”) occasionally popping up among the harmonies. The songwriting, however, is what guides the group over the proverbial hump. “Next of Kin,” the lower-key “Dives,” and “Atop a Cake” fulfill the promise of the shameless hooky pop that starts the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Alvvays were a buzz band before they’d even gotten a complete album out. This self-titled debut has the good fortune of being produced by indie rocker Chad VanGaalen and mixed by Holy F***’s Graham Walsh and John Agnello, who’s worked with everyone from Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. to Kurt Vile, Drive-By Truckers, and Son Volt. Naturally, the sound quality here is improved over the records from the twee C86 movement that influenced the band. Songs like “Adult Diversion” and “Archie, Marry Me” are taken to new places with the sonic depth here. Led by singer/guitarist Molly Rankin, Alvvays manage gorgeous melodies brought to life by several layers of watery guitars, with a touch of synth (it provides the steady atmosphere for “Party Police”) occasionally popping up among the harmonies. The songwriting, however, is what guides the group over the proverbial hump. “Next of Kin,” the lower-key “Dives,” and “Atop a Cake” fulfill the promise of the shameless hooky pop that starts the album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
112 Ratings
112 Ratings
Air stare fair dare ,

looking forward to it!

I am calling it right here, right now. This band is going to be big someday.

C dude711 ,

What happened Grammy’s!!!

How this album missed being up for Alternative Record of the Year is beyond me

migtwig ,

blissful debut album

Heard this on NPR First Listen and was immediately hooked. This will probably be my summer soundtrack. It is full of beautiful melodies, chiming-jangly guitars and melancholy undertones. Time to plan that road trip...

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