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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Scottish synthpop trio was recorded at the band's studio in Glasgow.
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Leave A Trace
I gave up on time Just like you said you would There are tiny cracks of light underneath me And you say I got it wrong But I tried hard to uncover... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Sep 25, 2015
    100
    The record feels like the kind a band releases just before it takes off. If Every Open Eyes turns out to be Chvrches’ breakthrough album, no one should be surprised.
  2. Sep 27, 2015
    80
    It might not have the same explosive nature as Bones but what it does have are some pop juggernauts.
  3. Oct 9, 2015
    80
    CHVRCHES are a still a terrific alternative to the barrage of mind-numbing EDM and soulless euro trash of acts such as Icona Pop that permeate our airwaves and devour advertisements. Another heavenly and peerless collection from the Glaswegian synth-poppers.
  4. Nov 5, 2015
    78
    The Glasgow threepiece has figured out what works: in this case, catchy funk-pop ("High Enough to Carry You Over") that threatens the radio friendliness of Bruno Mars, and nods to early Depeche Mode.
  5. Magnet
    Oct 14, 2015
    70
    Every Open Eye takes an "if it ain't broke" approach, following in the same sonic vein as Bones--sometimes outright repeating Bones--but not really building on it. [No. 125, p.58]
  6. Sep 24, 2015
    70
    CHVRCHES aim for nothing less than maximum forward impact at all times. Beneath the ice-floe synths and Mayberry’s cool, collected belting is an anxious impulse to please.
  7. 50
    Every Open Eye goes down smooth, but it’s hard not to miss the moments of exhilaration that used to power the band.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. Sep 30, 2015
    10
    Simply amazing! Much more consistent than their previous record, while also reaching the same heights in quality. "Clearest Blue", "PlayingSimply amazing! Much more consistent than their previous record, while also reaching the same heights in quality. "Clearest Blue", "Playing Dead", and "Down Side of Me" are the highlights. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2015
    10
    I think this album is actually stronger than their debut... maybe it doesn't contain a moment the brilliance of "The Mother We Share" but itI think this album is actually stronger than their debut... maybe it doesn't contain a moment the brilliance of "The Mother We Share" but it maintains a consistency throughout... the songs are all great and this is what I was expecting from Chvrches.... Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2015
    10
    Better than their debut. Better songwriting. A stronger, more confident Mayberry, yet somehow she's more vulnerable. A coalescing of the bestBetter than their debut. Better songwriting. A stronger, more confident Mayberry, yet somehow she's more vulnerable. A coalescing of the best part of Chvrches.

    Some may say that it doesn't really expand on their sound, which may be a valid complaint. But with a sound so dead solid perfect, why tinker with it?
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  4. Jun 19, 2016
    8
    Okay, so this is my third time reviewing this album! Normally after I've listened to an album several times I have a pretty solid opinionOkay, so this is my third time reviewing this album! Normally after I've listened to an album several times I have a pretty solid opinion about it, and at first I thought this album was kind of dull, but after returning to it months later, I definitely have to say it's grown on me. Lauren Mayberry has a nice voice and the songs are fairly well produced, and I especially like that the songs flow together nicely. Overall it's a very feel-good album, but there are some darker, more bittersweet tracks (High Enough to Carry You Over, Down Side of Me) that add some nice variety to the mix as well. My only complaint is that the songwriting, although pretty solid, is very safe. They definitely know how to write good, catchy pop songs, but I think they could really blow everyone else out of the water if they tried experimenting a bit more. Chvrches has massive potential I think, but for now this is a satisfying album that is fun to listen to all the way through, and that's fine by me for the time being. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2015
    6
    Strong beginning but definitely tapers off to a lukewarm second half. The non Mayberry songs are terrible. Less songs more consistency. ReeksStrong beginning but definitely tapers off to a lukewarm second half. The non Mayberry songs are terrible. Less songs more consistency. Reeks of sophomore slump. Produces enough decent songs to ensure a future on the live circuit for the next 20 years, but if they wish to remain relevant, they have to diversify the next time around. It's already becoming stale. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2015
    6
    Good synth pop. I thought the singles were just okay. 'Keep you on my Side' & 'Playing Dead' are my favorite songs. Some filler, and two songsGood synth pop. I thought the singles were just okay. 'Keep you on my Side' & 'Playing Dead' are my favorite songs. Some filler, and two songs with a male singer that were pretty good. I have to check out their first album now. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2015
    0
    Overall, a disappointing record. It's your classic case of sophomore slump. I wonder how much Chvrches' label paid the AV Club to give them aOverall, a disappointing record. It's your classic case of sophomore slump. I wonder how much Chvrches' label paid the AV Club to give them a 100/100? It's clearly a flop in my mind. Subpar production, cringey lyrics and it was horribly mixed.

    When I was a little boy, my momma told me to grow up and be a strong tampon boy. Find a qt waifu, she told me. So I found Lauren, but she rejected me with this record, as every lyric she sings is like a knife in the heart of my love.

    So, adieu, Chvrches. You hit us with a one hit wonder and it was great for a while. But every tampon boy must grow up one day.
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