Chvrches - Love Is Dead (2018)

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So, is this album going to rule or what?

Singles so far:
Get Out
My Enemy (feat. Matt Berninger)
Never Say Die

The album was co-produced by Greg Kurstin, making this the band's first album not independently produced. The band collaborated with David Stewart from Eurythmics and Matt Berninger from The National during production.

Set for release 25 May

niels, Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:57 (one year ago) Permalink

This album should rule, so excited for this.

Bee OK, Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Greg Kurstin!

Properly excited about this! I was not a fan of "Get Out" but love My Enemy.

daavid, Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:20 (one year ago) Permalink

I just haven’t been able to get into anything since their debut album and EP, which I *loved*.

It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly it is, but to me it’s like they’ve turned up the “EDM” dial and turned down the “synthpop” dial.

KevRus, Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:05 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1YqueG2gtQ

whoa this is terrible lol

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:27 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah I liked the one w/ berninger (at least partly for the novelty of hearing him over a sparkly synth-pop tune) but this is, how you say, not so good

Simon H., Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I really hope they're saving the best material for the album.

Incel Elgort (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Just another Friday night on Sauchiehall Street.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I’m cringing :(

KevRus, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Superb.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Come on though, the video is an abomination.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, the video is crap!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

oh lol i didn't even watch the video. seems suited to the quality of the song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

All the tracks I've heard from the new album are as good as anything they've ever done, which is to say leagues ahead of The 1975's entire career.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

if u can't hear a distinct gap between this song and anything they've ever done you just might be a turristan

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Or perhaps it's just you being wrong and the artist being right.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:46 (one year ago) Permalink

lol wait am i to understand the band CHVRCHES is not producing good music

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

The customer is always right.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Or perhaps it's just you being wrong and the artist being right.

― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:46 PM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/Cq2dfl9.gif

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Yup, keep mulling over that and perhaps the penny'll drop one day!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

So they've officially turned into Imagine Dragons now, I see.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

CHVRCHES were and are a very mediocre group with a charismatic front woman who, now three albums deep, is clearly being held back in her career due to a sense of loyalty.

What kind of music would Lauren Mayberry make on her own? Fuck if I know, but it would have to be better than this.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I disagree with every word of that previous post except "charismatic front woman"

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

idk i don’t think they were always mediocre. “empty threat,” that’s a great pop song! and this new slog has none of its animation or charm

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Their first two albums are stuffed with great pop songs - this new album will also rule.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:03 (one year ago) Permalink

idk i don’t think they were always mediocre.

Some decent songs crept out, but mostly they were the bottom feeders in a trending wave.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:10 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah this one is dreadful. Never Say Die is the only one I've liked from the new album so far but this is much worse than the others. shame that this album seems like it will be such a disappointment because the last one was quite good

ufo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:16 (one year ago) Permalink

both of their albums are uneven but good imo

this’ll also probably be an outlier on the record bc it’s steve mac not kurstin

still

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Some decent songs crept out, but mostly they were the bottom feeders in a trending wave.

― Johnny Fever, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:10 PM (ten minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I don't think you could possibly be any more wrong about that. Best UK synthpop band since Pet Shop Boys, without a doubt.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

looking at steve mac's production credits and he has a lot to answer for

xp

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I didn't really understand the hype around the first album but the second was a big improvement

ufo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I agree w/ that

the fact that Turrican loves them but hates the 1975 is hilarious to learn

Simon H., Wednesday, 25 April 2018 23:39 (one year ago) Permalink

not really feeling this, it is just sort of there. i haven't listened to anything else and looking forward to the new album.

Bee OK, Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I didn't really understand the hype around the first album but the second was a big improvement

― ufo

Totally agree with this. The Mother We Share was the best thing on the debut by a mile. The second album was great all the way through, even the song where the guy sang. Really disappointed with all the songs from the new album so far. They're all so flat.

kitchen person, Thursday, 26 April 2018 01:55 (one year ago) Permalink

actually i possibly overrate the debut bc "we sink" is my favorite chvrches song. the second one is def way better

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 02:06 (one year ago) Permalink

god "leave a trace" is the best song

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 02:17 (one year ago) Permalink

a lot of the melodies on the debut feel kinda stilted to me

really how did they go from writing songs like Leave a Trace and Clearest Blue to Miracle though

ufo, Thursday, 26 April 2018 02:38 (one year ago) Permalink

the fact that Turrican loves them but hates the 1975 is hilarious to learn

― Simon H., Wednesday, 25 April 2018 23:39 (yesterday) Permalink

Yes, it's hilarious to learn that I like a good band and not a thoroughly awful one!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:41 (one year ago) Permalink

'Tether' is the best song on the debut, and not by a mile either.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:44 (one year ago) Permalink

turrican i'm not convinced you're not a contrarian ;)

done and dusted (Ross), Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:56 (one year ago) Permalink

still the best thing chvrches has done is a remix four tet did of them...

done and dusted (Ross), Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Contrarian? I'd be more than happy to agree with people in a thread about Chvrches, but that's difficult to do when everyone is being wrong on a ludicrous scale :P

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:00 (one year ago) Permalink

:-)

i loved the first single personally

done and dusted (Ross), Thursday, 26 April 2018 06:06 (one year ago) Permalink

turrican, turrican, turrican, can't be wrong-ah. Every Open Eye was so good and none from these new singles has hit that high water mark for me.

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:23 (one year ago) Permalink

figured out today that “leave a trace” is a jimmy eat world song with different instrumentation

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

also figured out that the new songs all sound differently tired

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Turrican, I am curious about what you think of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEdRhmBx8IU

daavid, Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:54 (one year ago) Permalink

(we had this conversation in the other chvrches thread)

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:56 (one year ago) Permalink

but

the fact that Turrican loves them but hates the 1975 is hilarious to learn
― Simon H., Wednesday, 25 April 2018 23:39 (yesterday) Permalink

otm

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:56 (one year ago) Permalink

xp - right, just saw that

daavid, Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the album yet, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as the first two. A live set is currently on BBC Four.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 26 May 2018 19:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Absolutely sure turrican you’ll like it

We’re all after that same rainbow’s end (Ross), Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:19 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a good record but I can’t imagine this band has much left to say after this one. They haven’t changed their sound much unlike other synth pop groups, other than the new one feeling like pop punky. Also get the guy off there, that’s t least favourite trope in music, secondary singers singing when it wasn’t formerly established

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

As a previous poster said Mayberry needs to go solo

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

the guy sings on every previous chvrches record

uncoincidentally always the worst track on the record

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was gonna say! He sings on two tracks on the debut and one track on the second album. Disagree with Brad's statement, though - I love both 'High Enough to Carry You Over' and 'You Caught the Light' ...

Anyhow, if this record really is "more of the same", then looks like I'm in for a treat.

Also, welcome back Ross! It's like you never left!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

“high enough to carry you over” is fine. it’s still the worst track on every open eye

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

it's 'more of the same but not as good', an important distinction

ufo, Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll be the judge of that when I hear it for myself.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

(Particularly since I've read a lot on here that I've disagreed with regarding the first two albums also)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

For me, 'Down Side of Me' is the "worst" track on Every Open Eye, but it still rules so it doesn't matter.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Looking forward to the promo interviews for the next record where they'll talk about how they wanted to get away from external co-writers and "get back to basics"

Simon H., Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks turrican! I was gone for a day lol

It’s a great pop record and delivers everythinf I want from
That wheelhouse. I confess I didn’t know he was on the other records as my knowledge of this band is confined to initial eps debut and remixes

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 18:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, just finished my second listen to Love is Dead and unsurprisingly I love it from beginning to end. I have to admit, part of me was worried about them getting outside assistance with the production in case it turned into Moth-like disaster, but basically it's resulted in yet another wonderful Chvrches record that sounds sonically gorgeous on headphones. It's different enough to set it apart from previous work, while not sacrificing what makes them great - a balancing act they also achieved on their last album. Just superb. I was skeptical about some of the prior comments about the record here, and seems like I was right to be. Chvrches have done it again! Superb.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 28 May 2018 10:07 (one year ago) Permalink

"Unwelcome second string singers" would be a good thread idea

Jeff W, Monday, 28 May 2018 10:48 (one year ago) Permalink

see also: that one purity ring track where the dude sings

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Also the gang gang dance track with the dude

California scheming (Ross), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm glad we are all wising up to this obnoxious trend

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Create the thread tbh

California scheming (Ross), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this album is really great

sunburst N snowblind (Ross), Friday, 15 June 2018 01:36 (one year ago) Permalink

the album cover is so 2001

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Friday, 29 June 2018 00:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

The album did nothing for me but this works surprisingly well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msgimk3mV6g

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 20 July 2018 02:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

Nice. Love is always stuck in my head

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 07:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

guy singing does nothing but hold them back

niels, Friday, 20 July 2018 07:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

Indeed

Legalize dreams (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 07:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

Best CHVRCHES song of 2018.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Friday, 20 July 2018 17:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

Incredible cover

No angel came (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 17:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

guy singing does nothing but hold them back

― niels, Friday, July 20, 2018 7:03 AM (thirteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's difficult to agree with this when they're doing so well.

Still playing the shit out of their superb recent album.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 20 July 2018 20:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWI-VukpyTk

uh what the hell!!!! this rules way more than most of Love is Dead AND it's a collaboration with my favourite group in the world

ufo, Friday, 3 August 2018 04:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

On repeat. Might be my song of the year. Might be the best CHVRCHES song ever. I no longer feel like the world is doomed.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 4 August 2018 23:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh shit this song rules

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 August 2018 23:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

I definitely thought of you Brad when I heard it since it's them at their most synth-emo

ufo, Saturday, 4 August 2018 23:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

yeah otm, when it got to the first of the two (?) choruses i was like "hell yeah this is the SOUND"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 6 August 2018 18:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Chvrches never fail to deliver the goods - no surprise that this is great!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 6 August 2018 18:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

Great band

Ross, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 14:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq9uZj3tl9w

covered The Downtown Lights!!!

ufo, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 01:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

I have no idea who Lo Moon are, but their vocalist does a mighty fine Buchanan impression.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 02:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lo Moon thread - Lo Moon

Will be interesting to see where Lo Moon's second album goes, but their first, particularly "Loveless" is very much in the Mark Hollis / later-era Talk Talk vein. There's also a YouTube clip out there with Lo Moon covering Prefab Sprout's "Bonny" on this tour.

Hoping that the attention spurs new Paul Buchanan or Paddy McAloon activity.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

i just don't know what to think about this Chvrches album. it's good, not as good as the last two, but have no desire to revisit it. those three or four songs are really good thou, some of their best.

Bee OK, Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Album is still amazing, can't wait to hear what they do next - even if it is more of the same!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 00:38 (five months ago) Permalink

I hated ‘Love Is Dead’ so much that it’s sort of even ruined their debut for me. :(

KevRus, Sunday, 6 January 2019 00:57 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, Love Is Dead did a lot of damage for me too. Probably my biggest musical disappointment of 2018.

kitchen person, Sunday, 6 January 2019 02:16 (five months ago) Permalink

they released two great songs this year (Graffiti and Out Of My Head) but the rest were mediocre to terrible, Miracle is the worst thing they've ever done

ufo, Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:22 (five months ago) Permalink

Hmm I thought the album was kinda uneven compared to its predecessor but it still had a lot of bops: Get Out, Forever, Never Say Die, Graffiti, etc.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Sunday, 6 January 2019 03:29 (five months ago) Permalink

The only song that isn't as good as the others is 'God's Plan', the rest is business as usual great stuff. This isn't because the dude sings on it, either - 'You Caught the Light' and 'High Enough to Carry You Over' are two of my favourite Chvrches tracks.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink

For me, it’s way different than their first two albums. They just don’t sound like a synthpop act anymore. Even ‘Every Open Eye’ made me a lil nervous, but it did have a killer lead single imo.

It’s like they decided to focus too much on shooting for “anthemic,” and the result is a bizarrely sterile EDM version of Paramore or something??

KevRus, Sunday, 6 January 2019 20:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Meh, I don't think it's that different. Pretty much most of these songs would have fit snugly on either of their first two albums - they haven't radically changed their songwriting style or melodic sense and thank god for that because I'd hate them to. The biggest difference is in the production, which a little more shiny, but no less synthpop. They were always anthemic and have very little in common with EDM, which is a dreadful term anyway.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 20:35 (five months ago) Permalink

And what's wrong with Paramore!?!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 20:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Nothing, really! Just didn’t want CHVRCHES to go in that direction.

it’s ok tho because iirc, we both agree that Ladytron incl. their more recent non-‘witching hour’ albums are underrated. <3

KevRus, Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's right! :D They've got a new one due out soon and about time too!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2019 23:14 (five months ago) Permalink


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