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Alvvays: Self-Titled Album

alvvays album review, alvvays, alvvays self-titled albumALVVAYS — ALVVAYS

Release Date: July 22
Our Rating: 3/5
Spec Recs: “Adult Diversion,” “Archie, Marry Me,” “Party Police”
In one word: Surfy

While there are a few standout tunes on the nine-song album, Alvvays is a little more of the same. What sets the Canadian band apart from the rest of the dream pop, surf rock crossover bands? Not much. We’ll start with all of the golden pieces, and work our way into the rest.

Adult Diversion” kicks off the album with Best Coast vibes and peppy guitars. Singer Molly Rankin‘s voice echoes, and the harmonized chorus is a breeze. The first track is followed by “Archie, Marry Me” a very cute, rolling rock session. As the lyrics suggest, it’s the song to play when you’re looking for trouble with your best friend, who just so happens to be the love of your life. It’s something to listen while roller skating on the boardwalk, or while cruising through town in your parents’ station wagon.

Ones Who Love You” and “Next Of Kin” add more surf pop to the album’s equation, and then “Party Police” rocks up and destroys its predecessors.

Hands down, “Party Police” is the best track on the album. It’s gloomy and moody, and musically it feels like The Cure; lyrically, it’s something to which we can all relate. When Rankin sings, “I can’t believe it rained all summer long/ When every day’s a hurricane you know there’s something wrong,” it’s not pretentious. It’s sweetly rageful, and we get it. Summer love affairs almost always go awry, and this song is dedicated to that feeling of slipping away.

Unfortunately, after “Party Police” everything seems to blur together a little bit. There’s a brief love affair with psychedelic ‘60s pop in “Dives,” but besides that, we’re left underwhelmed. Perhaps, if Alvvays had been more aggressive in their exploration of the ‘60s and ‘80s, this album would have something stronger to advocate for it.

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