How do you describe the perfect pop album? It is no easy task. Ultimately, every song… EVERY SONG… has to have an individual personality – each song must own a space of its own. Fail that and you begin to lose a sense of which song is which as you enter minute 35 of the album. And obviously, each one of those tracks must be fantastic. Few albums are able to accomplish this. 1989, Taylor Swift’s 2014 masterpiece did, but few others have. Thankfully, I am happy to welcome Chvrches’ “Every Open Eye” into that hallowed position. Do you enjoy pure, unadulterated fun pop music? Buy this album right now!
I have made no secret of my love of this band. Their breakout hit “Recover” won me over instantly and I waited in eager anticipation for their first LP, “The Bones of What You Believe”. That album itself was nearly perfect, throwing out one could-be single after another. I have come to accept that this is exactly who Chvrches are. They are a band of extreme focus and precision. They never sound lazy. No, each song is a technical masterpiece in its orchestration. In a genre like synth-pop, growing evermore populated with each passing year, that smart, focussed approach to song-writing proves to set Chvrches out from many of its contemporaries.
Yet it is not just that technical excellence. Chvrches have shown themselves to be master wordsmiths in terms of meeting the challenges of a modern, cynical, and let’s face it, dickish world. To many an internet troll, lead singer Lauren Mayberry is enemy number one. This is due much in part to the fact that she takes these people on at full charge. But it doesn’t just stop at her Instagram account. Her words are words of empowerment, both personally and socially motivated. “Cut off, I’ll go my way if I am going at all!” she belts in the album’s opening track “Never Ending Circles”. This is a confidence that was somewhat more subdued in their first album, but now rages throughout their sophomore effort.
Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn’t real. It is and this is what it looks like. http://t.co/cLC97T8MxU pic.twitter.com/2bBZtw4yoL
— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) August 17, 2015
Confidence. Really if I could sum up “Every Open Eye” with one word, it would be confidence. This is Chvrches at their most reassured. Having toured for nearly two years on their first album, no doubt confidence came with it, but I am still in awe at the sheer level of artistry on display here. Taylor Swift better watch out, because this trio could quickly become one of the biggest names in pop. “Every Open Eye” is, to bring it all full circle, a perfect album and I bag you all to listen to it.
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