10/10 Lorna Customer review, 9th December 2014
Love love love The Chvrches. The v is apparently used instead of a 'u'because of Google search.
The wonderful sweet almost ethereal tones of Lauren's voice lift the songs above the usual electronic synth music on the market just now. And the male vocals are surprisingly authentic and engaging too.
All of the songs have something to offer and overall I love and now know every lyric to every song.
Chvrches need to be enjoyed live though, their vocals and cool beats are so much more resonating in person.
Super album for a super band.
9/10 Paul Customer review, 31st July 2014
Absolutely love Chvrches and pretty much every song on this album, I just had to buy this after having listened to their live set at Glastonbury. Chvrches and London Grammar were my pick of Glastonbury 2014. If you like London Grammar you will enjoy this album. I actually think the Glastonbury live set sounded even better than the album and would certainly buy the live set as well if it became available.
2/10 Evan Customer review, 20th September 2013
First off, the V in Chvrches needs to be addressed. Bugger off.
Now that's done; these guys are a Glaswegian synth pop band with a heavier, M83 style, epic synth beat which meet some kind of CSS vocals and pop. It's possibly most similar in style to La Roux. In fact, the song 'Gun' reminds me of La Roux's mega number 'In For The Kill'. 'We Sink' has a The Naked and Famous type beat and vocal going for it.
There's just something cold about Chvrches. Some of the beats are really great here; the beginning of opening track 'The Mother We Share' is an undeniably sweet twinkling rhythm which is a sound that is just going to stay around, and for that I'm grateful. However perhaps the reason I can think of so many bands which Chvrches sound like is because it all seems so derivative, so similar, but with a cold, mass produced feeling. Nothing screams this more to me than 'Gun'. A simple, dull beat with a classic interlude with a rising drum roll to bring it back to speed (yawn). Nearly every song (if not every) has that, it's a staple of a lot of music but is abused on these tracks to the point of parody. It's made so much worse by the vocals. The vocals have a very generic, dull and emotionless sounds, made so much worse by the truly awful harmony with the other band member. I cannot understand how it was passed in the studio.
'Tether' is more appealing. The vocals seem a little more engaging and there is a lovely high synth mix which kicks in halfway through. Many of the beats on the album are interesting but used in such a lackluster way.
'Under The Tide' has a man's vocals and seem even colder, with an even more generic voice. There is no character, no identity, no passion, the band feel as if they are removed from the music they make, removing the listener further still.
The chorus on 'Recover' has more interest vocally and does engage the listener. The chorus beat is cool, but the rest of the track, as with the album, is music by numbers.
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