CD Reviews: Alvvays

Toronto group Alvvays’ follow-up to its 2014 debut album builds on that early promise, its sparkling yet dark indie guitar pop a little more focused, a little more polished.

This is probably a result of the assured presence of producer John Congleton, who has cleared away some of the reverb-soaked murk of the group’s earlier effort, instead favouring a propulsive rhythm and plenty of chime to frame the voice of key songwriter Molly Rankin.

There are choruses here that would make Morrisey green, a reflection also of Alvvays’ steady climb to larger stages, as well as an attention to the pure pop heart of songs that no amount of classy guitar playing can hide.

Single download: Plimsoll Punks

For those who like: The Bangles, Teenage Fanclub, Blondie — Shane Gilchrist 

Alvvays. Antisocialites. Polyvinyl. ★★★

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