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.