Chvrches – Every Open Eye (CD Review)

chvrches-lauren_mayberryFans of 80’s Synth-Pop bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and The Cure fell in love with Lauren Mayberry’s voice and her electronic pop band, Chvrches, on their 2013 debut CD “The Bones Of What You Believe.” Would we see a familiar sophomore slump or could they keep up the momentum? Thankfully, it’s the latter. Chvrches avoid getting experimental or changing their signature sound, instead “Every Other Eye” takes it up a notch and stands up as an even better album track-by-track. The band’s visceral music and lyrics convey such a sense of urgency and an intensity often lacking in dance music, but the softness of Lauren’s voice and delivery really shines on songs like “Clearest Blue” and the album’s best song “Leave A Trace.” This is a dance record with HEART and intelligence.

“LEAVE A TRACE”

Despite a consistent theme of troubled relationships and breakups, “Every Other Eye” isn’t a sad album by any stretch. Lauren looks back on past mistakes in hindsight and gains empowerment in tracks like the “Down Side Of Me.” The swirling melodies mixed with their electronica sound create a mood of contagious happiness and depth. There may no be a breakout single as strong as “The Mother We Share” but you can easily see 4 or 5 singles coming from their new CD. Look out for the lone ballad “Afterglow” and “Bow Down”, a must-have track found on the Deluxe Version.

“CLEAREST BLUE”