h

Chvrches : Love is Dead

Open Every Eye was well received by critics and fans alike. Fast forward and we find out if the trio can extend their unbeaten run. Love Is Dead proves that answer to be a resounding yes.

After bursting onto the scene in 2013, Scottish outfit Chvrches managed to pull off the difficult follow up. Open Every Eye was well received by critics and fans alike. Fast forward and we find out if the trio can extend their unbeaten run. Love Is Dead proves that answer to be a resounding yes.

The term pop-rock sometimes gets a bad rap because it’s often associated with overly manufactured and easily digestible music devoid of anything to say. Chvrches prove that a band can deliver multiple albums of really good pop-rock music while still pushing the envelope. Love Is Dead’s 13 tracks are a cohesive unit, with most feeling familiar and infectious from the very first listen. There’s a cherry pop type of sheen on most songs, such is the quality of production combined with Lauren Mayberry’s sugar-sweet voice.

‘Get Out’ is an example of the perfectly manufactured synth beats that underpin so much of the album. ‘Miracle’ would be an album highlight if for no other reason than it showcases Mayberry’s vocals so prominently. But combined with barnstorming backing instrumentation, it makes for the best track on Love Is Dead. And with the quality of songs here, that’s no easy feat.

8/10