Album Reviews

Chvrches- Every Open Eye- Album Review

AFTER the success of their debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ released in 2013, the Glaswegian trio, Chvrches, have managed to return with another equally as stunning 80’s-synth filled album ‘Every Open Eye’.

Creating a stir in the music industry late 2012, it’s fair to say that ‘Every Open Eye’ only builds on ‘The Bones of What You Believe’. The trio, consist
ing of the two multi-instrumentalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, and front woman, Lauren Mayberry returned to their home studio and self-produced their second album. The sequencing of the 11-track album flows perfectly, with hard-hitting synth anthems contrasting with the more heartfelt and softer tracks throughout.

Opening with ‘ Never Ending Circles’, the trio inject adrenaline almost immediately. The punchy opener packed with strength proves that Chvrches know the secret to writing spectacular synth-filled pop music. The mechanically based music may lose touch with humanity and seem futuristic, but the heartfelt lyrics of Lauren Mayberry certainly touch back down to earth, connecting through relatable lyrics, which loosely cover typical lyrical topics of betrayal and heartbreak.

Lauren Mayberry performing with Chvrches at Coachella

Over the last few years, Mayberry has also had to deal with online misogyny, criticizing her and other female singers alike. However, anyone who thinks that female singers are nothing more than ‘eye candy’ has Mayberry to answer to. On ‘Leave a Trace’, Lauren sings ‘You talk far too much/ For someone so unkind’. Although maybe not a direct reference, after eloquently addressing the matter, the album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ is a perfect representation of how online trolls have no effect on  the band’s success over the past few years.

However, there are still a few flaws in the bands second album. Unfortunately, Doherty’s debut lead vocals on this album happen to be on the least exciting new song from the band ‘High Enough To Carry You Over’. It’s also a shame that the end of the album is not as exciting as the punchy opening, which is arguably filled with the best synth anthems on the album.

The most inspiring and exciting songs on the album are definitely in the first half of the album, featuring the particularly exciting tracks, ‘Never Ending Circles’, ‘Keep You On My Side’ and ‘Clearest Blue’. Despite the minor flaws, Chvrches have not disappointed with this new, exciting, 11-track pop-synth album, which has demonstrated their progression and how they have grown as a band since ‘The Bones of What You Believe’.

Abigail White

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