Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Chvrches: Love Is Dead

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Chvrches: Love Is Dead

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Grade: B

Another load of SJW moppets keening over 1980s synths. 'It only takes two seconds to say: I don't agree with white supremacy,' they told the Guardian. Chvrches, a Scottish trio relocated to New York, are led by the elfin and relentlessly concerned Lauren Mayberry. The Eurythmics fronted by Owen Jones, then, kind of. Just what you wanted, isn't it? Chvrches have never had a hit but they do have a presence and reputation, acquired through endless gigging. They haven't had a hit because their songs are not very good, if we're honest.

With this new album they have tried very hard indeed to change that by bringing in shiny producers and delivering a set that sounds, at times, like the most witless Europop (especially on 'My Enemy'). There is the anthemic bombast of 'Never Say Die' (Mayberry is incapable of seeing a cliché without shoehorning it into her songs. …

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