If you hated the idea of synthesizer-based bands in the 1980s, and thought it wouldn't translate to 30 years later (I did when I first listened to the Amazon 30 second extracts), this album proves you should think again and prepare to be converted. Chvrches really have a knack for writing deceptively simple songs that stay in the subconscious. Every track has a memorable hook that replays repeated listening. The ratings for tracks on this album might have you think that some songs are more stand-out than others, but I'm mystified as to why the ratings are underwhelming for tracks lesser known than 'The Mother we Share'. So, really worth mentioning for that reason are 'By the Throat', 'We Sink', 'Night Sky', 'Under the Tide' and, more obviously, 'Recover', all of which follow a winning Chvrches formula. The final track, the jangly-sustain guitar-based and reflective 'You caught the light' hints at a different direction, which will be interesting if it hints at future development. Elsewhere, Lauren Mayberry's vocals dominate from the middle distance, although maybe some more variation in vocal style would be good for the future. It beggars belief that this album is labelled 'explicit', presumably because of about two rude words buried inconspicuously in the lyrics of a couple of tracks. Ignore that, and ignore the idea that Chvrches are some sort of 1980s revival; they're very definitely a band for the 2010s and, on this evidence, should be around for a long time if their second album lives up to this one.