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on 20 October 2013
What a brilliant, sublime paradox this album is. Having been a teenager of the 80's this album revives some fantastic memories of bands like Ultravox, Depeche Mode, A-ha, Yazoo, and many others with it's screaming synths, electronic beats and great songwriting. But to purely tag this music as 80's revivalism would be doing Chvrches a huge injustice. What Bones has done is transport electronic music into the future with it's attitude and edginess. Then we come to Lauren Mayberry...what a stunning voice! Not since Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) have I heard such a voice that can sound so vulnerable and fragile yet strong and forceful all in the same note (that beautiful Scottish lilt is a big contributing factor)! In fact although on one level Chvrches electric synth sound it completely different to the jangly guitars of The Sundays to me there are some striking similarities and I have to say Chvrches are probably the only band I would trust to do a decent cover of a Sundays song...Lauren if you're reading this - please give it some thought! Being a bloke in his mid 40's I thought my days of listening to new, 'relevant' music were over. Thank you Lauren and the boys for restoring my faith in and enthusiasm for modern British music.
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I picked this CD up (the standard 12 track edition) after watching Chvrches set at Glastonbury, though I already knew about them from items in the music press.

This is one very impressive debut; the balance between the inspired electronica and Lauren Mayberry`s light, slightly accented voice makes for an immediately appealing sound.
Synthesiser-based bands have in the past been accused of coldness - that doesn't happen here; the soundscape is well-realised - varied songs, melodically and rhythmically attractive - any chill in the sound countered by the humanity of Mayberry`s clear-sounding vocals. Her butter-wouldn`t-melt delivery of lyrics which belie the innocence of her voice (on "Gun" for example) is the killer asset - and those tunes don't half get into your head!
The two tracks which feature the male vocals shouldn't be dismissed too lightly either; the melancholic "You Caught the Light" has a beauty all of its own - but I'm in agreement with just about everyone else on this page, Mayberry`s outstanding vocals are the deciding factor in adding this band to your music library.

Early days, but this is a band to watch; I'm really looking forward to their next release.
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on 14 August 2014
Having seen their performance at Glastonbury this year I was convinced that the band are a serious talent and have staying power and that I had to commit to the full repertoire offered by the album since when I have had this on an almost continuous play loop.
There are elements of 80s electronic in the mix and 'Lies' in particular harks back to Tubeway Army but this is so much more than that as it neatly avoids the 'samey' trap with each track having a distinct sound element rather than one merging with another.
The opening track 'The Mother We Share' is undoubtedly an anthem but again unlike many remixes the bonus remix version that plays out the album also stands firm.
There then follows a solid, well formed selection; some punchy, some more laid back, through to 'Recover'. On such a perfectly formed album it is nigh on impossible to pick one track that stands head and shoulders above the others but for me 'Recover' does that. The opening of the track is like a deep breath before it takes a plunge.
The second half of the album after 'Recover' is undoubtedly slower than the first half but more intricate, experimental and innovative. 'Science/Visions' blends ethereal with verve, 'You Caught the Light' has a lilting, meditative feel and finally there is 'Broken Bones' the perfect end track which loops along and gives full range to Lauren Mayberry's vocal talent and hints again at 80s electronic and I am convinced has a nod to Ultravox's anthem 'Vienna', against which it more than holds its own.
There are very few 'perfect' albums, even classic albums usually carry one or 2 bum tracks amongst the exceptional and whilst perhaps none of the tracks on 'The Bones of What You Believe' will enter the long lasting mainstream consciousness as classics (though I think that is the mainstreams great loss) this is a near perfect album and there is not one track that I would drop. In that respect I would put it on the top shelf along with the likes of 'The Joshua Tree', 'Rumours' or 'Supernature', your life will be better for owning this album.
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on 18 November 2013
Highly recommended.
I wasn't a big fan of 80's influenced music (or at least I couldn't find a way in) until I heard a single off this on the radio.
I brought the CD when it came out and am still listening.
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on 10 November 2013
Superb album. Original, infectious, mature and emotional. Repeated listening gives rewards. British music is really coming into its own again. Support them!
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on 29 March 2015
I am a metal and punk fan mostly, i heard Chvrches on the radio in the car and i was blown away.....i don't know if its the fact they're Scottish but i just fell in love with the singers voice, she's awesome and loved the electronic music...very emotive and a total departure from what i usually like...but really thought it was a very listen-toable album and would buy more if it was available, 5 stars easily
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on 14 October 2013
Electro-Pop is currently very popular and this album shouldn't dampen the trend as Chvrches are fine purveyors of the genre.
If you were (or are now) a lover of the 80's phenomenon you'll find plenty to enjoy here as the ghosts of The Human League/Erasure/Howard Jones/Ultravox are not far away albeit obviously updated for the new generation.
There are a couple of great tracks on the album, the opener 'The mother we share' which is ultra catchy and 'Recover' with it's staccato style singing. Most of the songs feature Lauren's high pitched but still lovely vocals and a couple of tracks feature a male vocal instead, which made a nice change.
Most of the other tracks are very good too ('Tether' is a particularly good ballad) although it does tend to flag somewhat towards the end although the closer 'You caught the light' is a departure from the norm with an ethereal male vocal over echoey/distorted synths (could be guitars?).
A promising debut.
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VINE VOICEon 12 September 2015
Every now and then a band comes along which captures my attention. Earlier this year I heard a Chvrches track on the radio and I was captivated by it. After checking out another few tracks on YouTube I ordered the album and six months later I still haven't stopped listening to it. It's a rare thing these days to keep coming back to one album after months of listening to it but such is the beauty of this album that no matter what mood I'm in I always enjoy it. It's great to hear lead singer Lauren Mayberry use her Scottish accent rather than try a faux american accent which unfortunately happens a lot in music. The stand out tracks for me are Recover, Night Sky and Under the Tide, but I have to be honest, there are no bad songs on this album. Their new album is due to be released in a few weeks and I can't wait, the few singles which have been released promise good things and I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Highly recommended.
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on 18 March 2014
The Glaswegian trio that make up 'Chvrches' are proving a force to be reckoned with on the 3-piece electronica circuit-giving the likes of 'Chase and Status' and 'Disclosure' some healthy competition.
'The Bones Of What You Believe' is quirky, contemporary and sharp with some beautifully crafted songs and musically, expressing a definite technological intent. The song writing is of such a level of maturity, that it has the feel of a third or fourth album rather than a debut! Vocalist Lauren Mayberry could hum the phonebook from cover to cover and still have you yearning for more.
A major plus for this album is that the tracks are in the realm of the radio edit rather than the 12inch, cutting straight to the lyrical point of the song/s.
The single 'Gun' released in the summer of 2013, is the perfect promo for the band, encompassing that vocal hook-based, synthesised style. Track 'Under The Tide' lends itself to a bit of role reversal courtesy of keyboard players Iain Cook/Martin Doherty providing fitting vocals to the backdrop of a tidy base-line.
A very promising addition to the current dance/pop and live music scene.

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on 15 October 2013
If you are reading this then chances are you're already leaning towards purchasing this album, and I'd encourage you to do exactly that. I can't quite remember how I came across this band but after playing some of their songs through YouTube and enjoying the 80s electro-pop vibe, I decided to buy 'The Bones of What You Believe'.

It is one of those albums where you are loathed to skip to the next track as each song either grabs you with both hands from the first second (The brilliant 'Gun' and 'Lies' spring to mind) or slowly draws you in (the build up and then explosion in 'Tether', in my opinion the best song on the album, is the best example of this). I've listened to this album a few times in different moods and places and it delivers on every front each time, so my advice would be to give it a go; you'll be glad you did.
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