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Bones of What You Believe

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2013 debut studio album from the Scottish Electropop band from Glasgow. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (main vocals, occasionally synthesizers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, vocals), and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, vocals).

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  • Audio CD (September 24, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glassnote
  • ASIN: B00E6895M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeffrey on December 24, 2013
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This was the year of synth disappointments. I wanted to love the M83 album. I didn’t. I wanted the new Empire of the Sun effort to be every bit as defining as their first. It wasn’t. I’m starting to notice a pattern wherein bands driven by electronic and synthesized sounds tend to hit the sophomore slump a lot harder than most bands. With that in mind, it’s no surprised that this synth gem is a debut. But in seriousness, they are so, so good. You’ve probably heard “Recover” whether you realize it or not, and “The Mother We Share” is phenomenal – my play count is in the 40s and I’m not sick of it yet. The hidden gem here is “Lungs”. The restrained synth bass drives the song patiently along until about after the first chorus, and then it lashes out at you in the same way that the roller-coaster bass of M.I.A.’s “Bucky Done Gun” did, but then retreats quietly back into its shell until the it ends the song with a heartbeat-breakdown that requires you to dance. In fact, in thinking about it, that’s what they do so well. Like M.I.A., CHRVCHES can take a good song and figure out exactly what delicate 10-second bit of finesse they need to add to make it addictive – you go back and listen again for those 10 seconds, even if you don’t realize that’s why you’re doing it.
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Oh my... synthpop throwback bliss! This debut album by Chvrches is right there alongside other recent great nostalgia filled albums by Cut Copy & The Naked and Famous. I bought this unheard except for one track off their recent EP, and am just blown away by each track - it just keeps getting better and better the whole way through. Production is tops too - all of the sounds are placed very well, synths aren't overly dominating, and the female vocalist is very charming.
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For the past year, buzz about Scottish synthpop band Chvrches has been steadily growing. From appearances at major festivals like SXSW to touring alongside bands like Depeche Mode and Passion Pit, Chvrches have been doing their best to stand out in a sea of synth pop. And on their debut, "The Bones of What You Believe"--they do in fact stand out in the best of ways. Accessible and fun yet with an underlying aggression and angst paired with strong beats and a full bodied vocal, Chvrches has created an album that many established pop stars don't seem to be capable of making.

Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry deserves much of the credit for the success of this album. A lot of similar bands have girl vocals that are thin and whimsical, but Lauren has a fuller sound, better range and an uncanny skill at building layers of drama and emotion through tiny tone changes. She can casually get away with quite dark lyrics at times and still have the music sound very danceable and light given her sweet clear tone. Just like how it took me several plays of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" to actually realize what they were singing about as the lyrics and bouncy tone are quite incongruous, Lauren's music has several similar moments though not to that extreme. Her lyrics have an intelligence and layer of complexity that is unusual, which may or may not be related to the fact that Lauren is highly educated with a full law degree as well as Masters in journalism.

Musically, this album doesn't exactly break new ground but when playing the album through--the songs thankfully do stand out from each other which I find is my most common problem with synth based music. It's also more refreshingly straightforward than similar bands like Purity Ring.
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Every time I think today's youth is lost, and that music will never be good again, a band like Chvrches comes along and restores my faith.
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Seems like the EP for Chvrches was everywhere - so either they are just that amazing or they have an amazing promoter. Turns out, it's a bit of both. Lots of good songs here and enough diversity in the album to keep you entertained. Standouts include Lies, Lungs, The Mother We Share, Recover and Gun. I like the expansive nature of the sound and the lyrics. Definitely worth full price - a must have if it's on sale.
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I was lucky to have been introduced to Chvrches via Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After hearing them, I ventured to YouTube and other performances on the internet that made me anxiously await the release of Bones of What You Believe. Many albums only have one or two songs that are good but this album has no dead spots. The vocal style of Lauren Mayberry stick with you long afterwards and the more you listen to the album the more you appreciate them.

My only criticism and it is not just with this album but many new cd releases is that it seems the sonic quality is degraded maybe to be more playbable on portable devices. The keyboards could have been much more rich and punchy as hear on many synth oriented albums from the 80's i.e. Depech Mode, Human League, Gary Neuman. I wish Chvrches would remix the album especially "Lies" which fails to deliver the kick that it can, but is lost in the mix. Love the album though, just know what it could sound like if given the proper mix.
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Chvrches has made a great album, and there isn't a bad song on this debut. Get it! You won't be disappointed!
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