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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B00KB493VC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adult Diversion
2. Archie, Marry Me
3. Ones Who Love You
4. Next of Kin
5. Party Police
6. The Agency Group
7. Dives
8. Atop a Cake
9. Red Planet

Editorial Reviews

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since since dusk or maybe dawn. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit. Recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

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Fantastic album, one of the best of 2014.
Ian W.
I am happy to say that there is not a single bad song on this album.
K. Davies
I found myself listening to it all the time there for a while!
Linda S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on September 24, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Debut album from Toronto, Canada—Alvvays play bright & bouncy indie guitar/keyboard pop led by strong female vocals. Some of the songs carry a bit more muscle that most material in this genre, and the band isn’t afraid to darken up the edges a little with some droney/fuzz notes and a touch of melancholy. It helps, too, that they’re well-written, played and produced. Reminiscent of bands like Veronica Falls, Girls Names, Allo Darlin’, Talulah Gosh, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Overall, the band manages to project a cheery indie pop aura without sacrificing integrity or intensity. Good.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Davies on July 22, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Every now and then when I become frustrated in the search for new music that is both good and smart and am about ready to give up I stumble upon something awesome. This time it happened to be Alvvays. I can't recall now just where I heard my first alvvays song and I suppose it really doesn't matter. The important thing is that I heard it and am now living in an Alvvays bubble.

I've been waiting impatiently ever since I heard the song 'Adult Diversions' for their full length album. All the while keeping my fingers crossed hoping and praying this wouldn't be one of those bands that have one good song and release an album full of duds. I am happy to say that there is not a single bad song on this album.

I was lucky enough to get an early copy and I honestly haven't stopped listening to it since I got it a couple of weeks ago. A few of my favorites that I feel stand out the most on the album are 'Adult Diversions' 'Ones Who Love You' 'Archie, Marry Me' and 'Party Police'.

Give Alvvays a shot. Support their music, see them live, and pass them along to a friend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.G.R. Black on September 18, 2014
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What a surprisngly solid and confident debut album from a very promising young band straight out of Canada. Alvvays (pronounced al·ways) is a wonderful mix of Camera Obscura's melancholy and Best Coast's sun-soaked atmosphere. Though the listener can easily identify the band's influences, Alvvays manages to sound fresh. There's plenty of sweet jams to enjoy. There's not a single dud here - play this one straight through, and then hit repeat!
Though I truly love all of these tunes, "Party Police" takes the cake for me. This is easily one of this year's best songs, albeit hidden under the radar. It's such a wonderfully realized lovelorn ballad with plenty of hooks and reverb. I can certainly recommend Alvvays and hope you give them a chance if this review has piqued your interest. They may be your favorite new band, as they are mine. I'm excited to see and hear what this band can do next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Samuels on August 31, 2014
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Don't be disheartened by the trendy VV as W in Alvvays' band name- this album is great. Kind of feels like 90s melancholy pop meets My Bloody Valentine meets the beachiness of Best Coast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on July 24, 2014
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Summer's now officially here and the soundtrack is ...... Canada's Alvvays new CD Always. From Adult Diversion as an opener through the Red Planet which winds up the recording, it's chock full of tasty treats. The second song - Archie, Marry Me - must be the only (love?) song that mentions matrimony and alimony in the first verse. Alvvays then spins so much ear candy and perfect pop licks that you have to refrain from playing it over and over and over. If you're a fan of alternative rock, this record fits the definition. If you were (are?) a fan of late 50's power pop, you'll love these folks. For me this record is up there with Beck's and Conor Oberst's newest as the best of the year so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Padilla on September 4, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
These are nine beautiful, sun-soaked singles that make up a hell of a heart-wrenching summer soundtrack. The melodies are wonderful, the lo-fi production works, and Molly Rankin's writing is honest and sincere without ever being cloying or self-indulgent. This sucker has been on repeat all summer, and I urge anyone curious to give it a shot to worm it's way into you. It also doesn't hurt that my vinyl copy was pressed on blue/white swirl wax, which is awesome. 5 stars, and a million feels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis on September 17, 2014
Format: Vinyl
I have listened to these 9 songs over and over again and love the crap out of it.. It was an unsuspected soundtrack to my summer.. This record makes me feel happy and sad at the same time.. Happy because these 9 songs are a nice warm sunny breeze to the face.. And sad.. Because summer is now gone and now these songs remind me of all the fun I had at the beach. The lyrics are as grand as the music. Thank you Alvvays for this beautiful record.. I look forward to hearing more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dione Anderson on August 1, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
I think they remind me the new pornographers…and in a very good way.
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