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Blue Rev

Alvvays

Blue Rev

Third album of jangly indie-pop from the Toronto band produced by Shawn Everett (The War on Drugs, The Killers, Julian Casablancas)

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
? Transgressive
UK Release date
07/10/2022
US Release date
07/10/2022
  1. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    Blue Rev is everything I love about popular music; a record so potent that on listening, this bitter, cynical 40-year-old feels like a teenager discovering Loveless or #1 Record or Bandwagonesque for the first time again. It is truly one for the ages
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    The creation of Blue Rev may have been beset with trial and tribulation but the result is a heavenly indie pop hit guaranteed to make their already besotted fans fall even more head over heels in love with the band
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  3. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Blue Rev is a quite wonderful return and proof positive of the old adage that good things come to those who wait
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Its Alvvays least penetrable, most challenging album yet — but one that still preserves the band's best qualities, sounding chaotic and painstaking at the same time
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  5. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    The Toronto band’s third album is a triumph of power pop, a densely layered, witty, blithe, and beautiful record that sets a new benchmark for the genre
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  6. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    The Canadian indie quintet’s third album leans harder into their noisy interests
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  7. 8.2 |   Northern Transmissions

    They explore new avenues while still reliably conjuring up the shimmering melodies and brilliant lyrics they are known for
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Alvvays return with Blue Rev, their first new album for five years, and in a strangely radical way, it simply meets our ethereal shoegaze expectations
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A more muscular sound and a line-up change marks the welcome triumph over adversity that is the Torontarians’ third record
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  10. 8.0 |   Dork

    ‘Blue Rev’ is every bit as good as its predecessors
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Blue Rev’ is a magical, twisty excursion to a crossroads where the band simultaneously reflects on yesteryear and explores the turbulence of divergent re
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    The Canadians’ third album is still identifiably Alvvays, but the hooks here are sweeter, the instrumentation brighter, the energy more palpable
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  13. 8.0 |   DIY

    Boy do Alvvays know how to make a broken heart sound ever so sweet
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  14. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Subtlety and consistency are the new order of the day
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  15. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    With Blue Rev, Alvvays rocket back into contention when it comes to leaders of the cyclical shoegaze revival that pops up every few years
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  16. 7.6 |   Spectrum Culture

    Blue Rev lingers on dashed hopes and realistic stickiness
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  17. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Blue Rev may not be the album to progress their careers, but it may just be a gateway to an altogether more interesting phase
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  18. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A small but compelling step forward for the band
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