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Ivan & Alyosha

All the Times We Had – 2013 (Dualtone)

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

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While the name Ivan & Alyosha might conjure up images of a Russian ballet duo, in truth, it belongs to a Seattle quartet that takes its handle from the prominent characters plucked from a novel by the great author Dostoevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov." Still, it's the name that the band members - Tim Wilson, Ryan Carbary, Pete Wilson and Tim Kim - have made for themselves that's likely to stick in the heads of their rapidly burgeoning fan base.

That's really no wonder. Showing a penchant for the unabashedly effusive sound and style previously made popular by the likes of The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Fun. and others who have garnered a similar populist appeal, the band have suddenly found themselves creating the next big buzz. Indeed, from the first emphatic strains of Be Your Man, through to the assertive delivery of Easy To Love, the billowing swells of Running for Cover and the shimmer and sparkle of The Fold, Ivan & Alyosha offer an extraordinary combination of allure and affirmation, a blend that all but assures some immediate appreciation.

Consequently, this compelling combo deserves all the kudos they've received so far. It's especially astonishing that they've achieved those accolades on the basis of only one album thus far. Then again, a title like "All the Times We Had" suggests they're wasting no time when it comes to establishing their brand. Any suggestion that they're looking back is negated by a clear look forward, and it will hardly be surprising if, in fact, Ivan & Alyosha soon see a bright future that lies before them.