CHVRCHES – Love Is Dead (2018)

As with their previous album, 2015’s “Every Open Eye,” this third album by the Scottish indie pop group is the type of entertaining, summertime album that goes down easy and is filled with catchy, dancy hooks and lovely singing by Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook. However, their albums tend to have a short shelf life – the beats get tired quickly, and the lack of emotional resonance to their music starts to stand out more. But before the music wears itself out, there are a number of stand-outs on this latest album, like “Forever” (which often sounds like early Madonna) and, my personal favorite, “My Enemy.” In fact the latter highlights two problems with CHVRCHES: Number one, Cook’s vocals are much stronger than Mayberry’s, and the band overly relies on Mayberry’s thin vocals. With more Cook and less Mayberry, the band may rejuvenate its sound but as it is, it’s perfectly pleasant if unremarkable.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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