CHVRCHES
The Bones of What You Believe


3.8
excellent

Review

by Elijah Andrew STAFF
September 8th, 2013 | 997 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "The Bones of What You Believe" is just too damn cute.

The Bones of What You Believe is the type of album that reminds you why you love music to begin with. Betwixt the poppy hooks and sugary sweet vocals lies some of the most addicting and accessible music brought forth this year and it’s all the more charming for it. The record has been quite a tease this past year and a half. Oh yes, the inherently likable Chvrches (no religious connotations, as it merely sounds “cool”) have been revving this record up since they first dropped “Lies” back in May. The single gave unsuspecting listeners a taste of the light and comforting electro-pop sound that the band has since pulled off smashingly, which became even more apparent the following September with the hit “The Mother We Share.” A full year has passed since then and Chvrches have used the time wisely, crafting a fun and enchanting debut that has been well worth the wait.

Opening with the aforementioned track, The Bones of What You Believe starts off perfectly, offering up what is arguably the most thoughtfully produced blend of the band’s electro-pop sensibilities. Right from the outset, Lauren Mayberry sets herself up as the bread and butter of the bands ever enticing sound. Her light vocals are easy on the ears but ring with confidence, feeling full and lush against the glitchy electronics and bouncing percussion. She’s brimming with confidence and panache at the album’s most punchy moments and composed when things become more calming. This variation is of course the album’s second greatest appeal. Despite being relatively “easy,” The Bones of What You Believe likes to mix things up, even subtly. While not each transition is as jarring as the one between the dark and pounding “Science/Visions” and the infectiously cute “Lungs,” the minor changes in tone and pace go a long way in keeping the album constantly interesting.

The Bones of What You Believe hits so many high notes with its surprisingly simplistic delivery that it’s impossible not to recommend to even the most jaded of listeners. Yes it is at times sickly sweet, but that’s part of the charm. And charming it truly is, thanks to the lovely Lauren Mayberry and the deceptively complex music behind her. Chvrches have delivered all the promises made with their early material and then some, coalescing in one of this year’s biggest surprises.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fish.
September 7th 2013


22369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeeeeeeep





Agree with everything

Eloriaz
September 7th 2013


760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hooray!



And Chvrches does sound pretty cool I must say ;P



If anyone likes this and is looking for something "similar" released this year check out the new Pet Shop Boys, it's equally awesome (more house-oriented but still synth/electro pop).

fish.
September 7th 2013


22369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Her voice is amazing. Feel that glaswegian accent vibrate through you





Was gonna review this but it would've just been a carbon copy of the Recover review since this is basically just an expansion of it

treeqt.
September 8th 2013


13856 Comments


Chvrches have delivered all the promises made with their early material and then some, coalescing in one of this year’s biggest surprises.


all the promises being exactly the same songs as already released on the two eps and the then some being the disappointment that the rest is i have to agree with this being a surprise, but really not an all too pleasant one.

treeqt.
September 8th 2013


13856 Comments


awful sentence but hey 6am

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 8th 2013


14307 Comments


hey

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treeqt.
September 8th 2013


13856 Comments


hey

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 8th 2013


14307 Comments


m/

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2013


10452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Yeah Tree, that sentence was pretty awful. At least you've got that elite taste going for ya, right?

sonictheplumber
September 8th 2013


5241 Comments


is this heavy

treeqt.
September 8th 2013


13856 Comments


At least you've got that elite taste going for ya, right?


I don't understand.

Iluvatar
Emeritus
September 8th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

awesome album

DamnVanne
September 8th 2013


1886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Love this album. I got to hear a few new songs at their show last night, so I already knew there were going to be some real gems, but I didn't think the whole album was going to jam like this

henryChinaski
September 8th 2013


3077 Comments


Damn I need to check this out. "Recover" is awesome.

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Typhoner
September 8th 2013


917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's a great album. Most of the new songs (as in: not released previously) are great too. Only complaint is that the guys should've shut their mouth on the album. Otherwise I agree with the review

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2013


10850 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

betwixt

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demigod!
September 8th 2013


46835 Comments


is this black metal

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tommygun
September 8th 2013


25637 Comments


nope it's jjj-core

tommygun
September 8th 2013


25637 Comments


kinda rules tho

ILJ
September 8th 2013


6830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome review, pretty much nailed my thoughts on it.



may or may not go see them when they're in town on Friday.



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