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Released: 08.09.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto five-piece Alvvays‘ sophomore record heralds the return of Rankin’s razor sharp wit and sickly-sweet vocal delivery – once again backed up by a cacophony of fuzz, feedback and serious surf credentials.

The band’s eponymous debut was well enough received to ensure they needn’t change a great deal – there’s slightly more of everything that gave Alvvays the acclaim they deserved but somehow that amounts to a less engaging whole. The album lacks a real pinnacle. Lead single In Undertow is a mammoth, spacey, soaring affair and follow up Dreams Tonight is almost as good, but ultimately the album fades away before it ever gets going.

It’s not a bad album but not a great one either.
 

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