On Blue Rev, the new album from Alvvays, there's an ongoing push and pull between Molly Rankin's sensitive storytelling and the relative cacophony that swells to surround it.
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NPR Music's top five albums of the year. (Clockwise from upper left) Process by Sampha, DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar, Melodrama by Lorde, Crtl by SZA and Capacity by Big Thief.
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