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5.0 out of 5 stars Chvrches take us Back to the Future
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...
Published 12 months ago by shaune1970
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
The main appeal of Chvrches is Lauren Mayberry's wonderful, soaring voice. How disappointing that on 2 of the 12 tracks the vocals are handed over to one of the other band members - oh, so bland I'm afraid and you can't help thinking what Lauren could have done with those 2 songs. Never mind, don't forget that the Beatles used to let Ringo sing a tune now and again...
Published 8 months ago by Ullapool
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chvrches take us Back to the Future,
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace,
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,
Superb album. Original, infectious, mature and emotional. Repeated listening gives rewards. British music is really coming into its own again. Support them!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, catchy debut - not a dud track on it,
This review is from: The Bones Of What You Believe [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars There are only a few 'perfect' albums and this is one.,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe.,
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Chvrches raise the roof !!,
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut,
Brilliant debut from this synth band. Saw them on Jools Holland and was very impressed. Look forward to hearing more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately, the tv coverage of Glasto '14 gave you ...,
Fortunately, the tv coverage of Glasto '14 gave you the 'red button'. Several tunes from this outfit prompted a swift purchase of their debut album. what a cracker! I tend to rate each track 'out of 10', and then compile the best onto blank cd's. Did'nt need to with this one, as it's one of those rare offerings you can play right through. Got to say 'Tether' and 'Lies' are the stand-outs, closely followed by 'Under the Tide' and 'You Caught the Light'. I don't know how to classify this band's music, but if it's any help to you, I rate them alongside Kodaline, Polica, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Imagine Dragons, et al. All different, but all have their own individual sound, as do Chvches. Give it a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS MY CHVRCH !,
In a quiet unassuming way, just knocking out one great song after another, without seeming effort, each song probably at least three times the complexity of an average pop song, this band has sky-rocketed to one of THE great bands of our age - EASILY one of the best bands ever to come out of Britain, let alone Scotland.
So out there, quietly, musical talent works at its extraordinary craft, transforming our head-space into a new dimension - a dimension called Chvrches, a mysterious alien spelling, a mysterious alien symbolism.
If I can guess what is happening here it is that MUSIC has taken a FRONT seat, and all the rest though it may be fun or important has been placed secondary.
How many great bands and great artists go on to produce canons largely populated with repetitive sparse musical pabulum - notably the U2's and Coldplay's of this world - capable of writing great songs, capable of writing great music, yet churning out disappointing tracts of strangely average works - a slavery to mass appeal maybe, the love of success itself, not of music - its like they are trying to 'compute' which will be the most 'cool' - that is sad.
But without effort Chvrches are 'cool' without even trying - they have taken the long road to success by creating actual good music.
Like the best synth pop music this album has vocals both angelic and street-wise, it has pathos yet bounce and energy, it has vitality. It shuns relying on simple chords patterns hanging off of catchy hooks, but instead surprises with unexpected changes in pace and rhythm, a finely woven texture underlies all of these songs. But it is not TOO finely woven, just enough to do the job, just enough to take us forward from the over- simplified state of our popular music, and the obsession with 'success' as fast as possible through mass lowest-common-denominator appeal.
I hope Chvrches will take with a pinch of salt all the complete BS of online bullying - now a major and sad part of internet communication - OPEN communication is best though, we cannot let these bullies stop us from communicating on the OPEN internet.
In the spirit of Faithless and Maxi Jazz, this is now decidedly MY CHVRCH!
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