Alv­vays

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Gleam­ing sec­ond al­bum from Toronto in­die-pop­sters.

There’s alv­vays time for a rain­bow­coloured splash of ’90s-style irony, and this four­some do it with class, brio and brains. They of­fer a more hu­mane ver­sion of The Prim­i­tives’ glit­ter­ing, sulky soulsearch­ing, it­self born out of an ob­ses­sion with Blondie. But Alv­vays don’t make a fetish of their front­woman, prime mover Molly Rankin, whose in­cen­di­ary wit is the ful­crum around which the crystalline jan­gle shakes and shim­mies. In Un­der­tow is an ex­plo­sion of crash­ing drums, fuzzed-out synths and Rankin’s droll vo­cal: “What’s left for you and me? I ask that ques­tion rhetor­i­cally, can’t buy into as­trol­ogy…”; Dreams Tonite crosses dark, Vel­vet Un­der­ground cool with The Shangri-Las’ hope­ful glow; and For­get About Life is sim­ple and heart­felt (“Did you want to for­get about life with me tonight?”) as Pulp. Just oc­ca­sion­ally the jan­gle gets repet­i­tive; some­times, good things do go on too long.

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