Who Should Buy This: People who value unique expression, fans of alternative and indie music, and people looking for new music that sounds like it came out of a different time.
Genre: alternative, dream pop, indie, shoegazing
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, The Cranberries
Best thing About this Album: Eccentricity, individualism, and the thoughtful musical decision-making throughout the album.
One thing I wish was different: One of the great strengths of this album is its unassuming nature, but that might also make it easy to be overlooked. I love the laid-back contentment, but I personally might’ve also loved a few more moments of spotlighted strength.
Favorites: In Undertow, Saved By a Waif
Parental Guidance: Lollipop (Ode to Jim) talks about LSD, and hints at driving under the influence.
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
Who says pop has to be predictable? Alvvays sophomore album is anything but! Though, to be fair, this might fit more firmly in the indie or alternative genres. Nevertheless, the unassuming uniqueness of this album manages to go against the flow without being abrasive or alienating.
From start to finish, the music is actively creative, diverse, and wickedly wonderful. The lyrics are no less individualistic. Everything on this album feels familiar, and yet is entirely unexpected and inarguably new.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album. Take a look and then take a listen!
“Can’t buy into astrology, and won’t rely on the moon for anything.” — In Undertow
“In florescent light, antisocialites watch a wilting flower.” — Dreams Tonite
“Do the tealights on your mantle illuminate that summer feeling?” — Plimsoll Punks
“You will never be alright. I will never be your type.” — Your Type
“Traded my rose-colored shades for a wide lens. Used to make noise, now I much prefer silence.” — Not My Baby
“It feels like forever since you held me like I was a human being.” — Hey
“You’re a lollipop in the form of a lightning bolt.” — Lollipop (Ode to Jim)
“When there is erosion, we both regret it deeply.” — Already Gone
“If it’s all for the sake of conversation, then maybe you should try a new vocation.” — Saved by a Waif
“Did you want to forget about life with me tonight?” — Forget About Life
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Alvvays by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.