Alvvays (album)

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Alvvays
Alvvays 2014.jpg
Studio album by Alvvays
Released July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)
Recorded 2013[1]
Genre
Length 32:55
Label Polyvinyl (US)
Royal Mountain (Canada)
Transgressive (Europe)
Producer Chad VanGaalen
Alvvays chronology
Alvvays
(2014)
Antisocialites
(2017)
Singles from Alvvays
  1. "Archie, Marry Me"
    Released: April 17, 2014
  2. "Adult Diversion"
  3. "Next of Kin"
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
CuepointB+[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Exclaim!8/10[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Mojo3/5 stars[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork7.6/10[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[12]

Alvvays is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian indie pop band Alvvays, released on 22 July 2014 by Polyvinyl, Royal Mountain and Transgressive.

The album was shortlisted for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.[13]

Accolades[edit]

Country Publication List Rank
Canada CBC Music 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014[14]
1
US CMJ The 30 Best Albums of 2014[15]
20
UK NME Top 50 Albums of 2014[16]
29
US Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2014[17]
5
US Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2014[18]
36
US Time Out 20 Best Albums of 2014[19]
20

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Molly Rankin and Alec O'Hanley, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Adult Diversion" (Rankin, O'Hanley, Brian Murphy)3:28
2."Archie, Marry Me"3:17
3."Ones Who Love You" (Rankin, O'Hanley, Murphy)3:47
4."Next of Kin" (Rankin, O'Hanley, Murphy)3:48
5."Party Police" (Rankin, O'Hanley, Murphy)3:48
6."The Agency Group" (Rankin, O'Hanley, Murphy)4:31
7."Dives"2:57
8."Atop a Cake"3:20
9."Red Planet"3:59
Total length:32:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Molly Rankin – vocals, guitar
  • Alec O'Hanley – guitar, vocals, keyboards, drum machine
  • Kerri MacLellen – keyboards, vocals
  • Brian Murphy – bass
  • Eric Hamelin – drums (tracks: 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  • Chris Dadge – drums (tracks: 1,4 and 8)
  • Chad VanGaalen – programming, tambourine, bongos

Production

  • Chad VanGaalen – engineering and production
  • Graham Walsh – tracking (additional)
  • Jeff McMurrich – tracking (additional)
  • John Agnello – mixing
  • Ian McGettigan – mixing (additional)
  • Alec O'Hanley – mixing (additional)
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Steve Fallone – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 107
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[21] 12
US Radio 200 (CMJ)[22] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DIY, July 2014". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for Alvvays by Alvvays". Metacritic. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Alvvays – Alvvays". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 20, 2015). "Expert Witness". Cuepoint. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Kyle (August 1, 2014). "Albums: August 8, 2014". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Ritchie, Matthew (July 18, 2014). "Alvvays: Alvvays". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bakare, Lanre (July 24, 2014). "Alvvays: Alvvays review – breezy, literate indie-rock". The Guardian. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alvvays: Alvvays". Mojo (250): 94. September 2014. 
  9. ^ Renshaw, David (July 20, 2014). "Alvvays – 'Alvvays'". NME. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Berman, Stuart (July 21, 2014). "Alvvays: Alvvays". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (July 14, 2014). "Alvvays". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Rainis, James (August 21, 2014). "Alvvays: Alvvays". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List Is Here". Polaris Music Prize, July 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "Alvvays makes Rolling Stone's top 50 year-end chart". CBC News. December 5, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "The 30 Best Albums of 2014". CMJ. December 15, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2014". NME. November 27, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ Josh Jackson (December 1, 2014). "The 50 Best Albums of 2014". Paste. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2014". Rolling Stone. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  19. ^ "The 20 best albums of 2014". Time Out. December 4, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats – Alvvays – Alvvays". UK Albums Chart. Chart Stats. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  21. ^ "Alvvays Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "CMJ Charts: August 5, 2014: Jenny Lewis Is Top Mover". CMJ. August 5, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2016.