13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

CHVRCHES made their first two albums in their hometown of Glasgow, but in 2015 they relocated to New York and recorded Love Is Dead in L.A. Inspired by America's murky political landscape, the band offset their euphoric synth-pop with melancholy lyrics. Yet despite its reflective mood, this album delivers more bold arena-ready tracks than ever. Singer Lauren Mayberry breaks free from the cloaked metaphors of their second LP, Every Open Eye, and speaks directly about sexism, politics, and heartbreak throughout, with “Graves” defiantly lending a voice to Syrian refugees and the cinematic “Really Gone” contemplating belonging. She bemoans blind love on “My Enemy,” a brooding duet with The National’s Matt Berninger.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

CHVRCHES made their first two albums in their hometown of Glasgow, but in 2015 they relocated to New York and recorded Love Is Dead in L.A. Inspired by America's murky political landscape, the band offset their euphoric synth-pop with melancholy lyrics. Yet despite its reflective mood, this album delivers more bold arena-ready tracks than ever. Singer Lauren Mayberry breaks free from the cloaked metaphors of their second LP, Every Open Eye, and speaks directly about sexism, politics, and heartbreak throughout, with “Graves” defiantly lending a voice to Syrian refugees and the cinematic “Really Gone” contemplating belonging. She bemoans blind love on “My Enemy,” a brooding duet with The National’s Matt Berninger.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
225 Ratings
225 Ratings
Jonatron ,

Sorry, I love Chvrches, but this album is horrible.

I’m extremely disappointed with this release. First, let’s look at what they did right. The music is always done well and they continue that trend with this release- beautifully melodic tunes and dance worthy beats. But where did they go wrong? Chvrches has yet to realize their strengths and weaknesses which is proven by the emphasis of weakness through vocals. Mayberry does a great job with her fluctuations of highs and lows, however, her weakness is carrying a tune. Literally, she cannot carry a tune. There’s nothing wrong with that except for the fact she does it often in this album. If a tune is supposed to be sharp, do not carry a loud flat note in its place, yet Mayberry does this often and it is painful (like this run on sentence). In addition, Doherty is one of my favorite aspects of the band because he usually has a sultry track with the best composition on each album... but this album has his track sounding like an experimental one. We don’t get to hear strong emotion behind his vocals like in “high enough to carry you over” or “under the tide”. Instead, we get synthesized and echoing vocals making him sound like a transformer (with an occasional cameo from Mayberry briefly shrieking in the background... it’s almost comical). Some people argue that the pre-released tracks were the worst, but after listening to the whole album, that may change their minds.

Nodelic ,

1 week later, it suddenly clicked...

When this album was released I thought the title was cynical and the lyrics were nonsensical. It was too repetitive and I didn’t get it.

Then my girlfriend of 2 years broke up with me.

Suddenly, everything made perfect sense. The title, the lyrics, the very feeling of the music was EXACTLY what I was going through. It is brilliant. I’m just sorry that this is what it took for me to understand.

wtfheidibeth ,

Great music

I love CHVRCHES. This new album is a masterpiece. I didn’t think they could come out with an album I liked more than The Bones of What You Believe, then they released Every Open Eye. I was very hopeful the newest album would amazing and I was right. The music is driving and catchy while the lyrics have this heartbroken undertone.
Any music CHVRCHES makes, I will definitely be a fan.
Lots of love from Texas.

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