Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe The Bones of What You Believe… Excavation

Review: Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

Published on September 27th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

Listening to Chvrches’ debut album The Bones of What You Believe raises two significant questions: 1) Why are so many bands in such a rush not just to recreate the ’80s, but to recreate the less inspiring aspects of it?

And 2) Why are critics falling over each other to acclaim it? The Bones of What You Believe has received rave reviews from Pitchfork and the NME, but for the life of us we can’t find anything to separate Chvrches from the reams of ’80s-pop pastiche acts currently doing the rounds.

Sorry, we just don’t get it. We didn’t get it when we reviewed “The Mother We Share” in a recent singles round-up, and…thinking on, let’s just idly reproduce (two can play at that game) what we wrote then to save us from having to paraphrase ourselves:

“Too many people have access to synths these days. Bloody sick of songs featuring an “uh-oh, uh-oh” motif too…honestly, there seem to be about six a week.

Oh look, they shoehorn the word ‘fuck’ in there, just for extra added credibility. Better get announcing them as the best new something or other in the whatever, we suppose.

This is like a slightly more exuberant MS MR. It’s really not all that bad, to be honest; it’s just fairly bland, way too trendy for its own good and a darn sight less clever than it seems to think it is.”

The rest of The Bones of What You Believe is barely worth mentioning, so little does it deviate from this formula. “We Sink” is utterly indistinct enough to be a self-fulfilling prophesy – “I’ll be a thorn in your side”, indeed – and “Recover” is basically inferior to Ace of Base.

“Lies” comes relatively close to breaking up the incessant tonality of it all, while the male vocal on “Under the Tide” flaunts the rigidity to some extent without ever feeling in danger of exciting…and, lo and behold, there’s actually some half-decent stuff towards the end.

Penultimate track “Science/Visions” is quite pleasingly unsettling, its weird dissonant backing vocals and grinding, pulsing beat both welcome touches, although Lauren Mayberry’s voice sweetens it just that little bit too much.

There are some nice melodic twists to “Lungs”, so maybe Chvrches have it in them to turn in an album that’s consistently worthwhile. Despite what everyone else seems to be saying, The Bones of What You Believe is not it.

The Bones of What You Believe is out now on Virgin.

BUY: The Bones of What You Believe on iTunes and on Amazon.

Rocksucker says: Two and a Half Quails out of Five!

a quaila quailhalf a quail


About the Author

Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

17 Responses to Review: Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

  1. Pingback: Rocksucker: Review: Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe | moonblogsfromsyb

  2. Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a data!
    existing here at this weblog, thanks admin of this website.

  3. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing.

  4. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing issues with your blog.
    It appears like some of the text on your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody
    else please comment and let me know if this is
    happening to them as well? This might be a issue with my internet browser
    because I’ve had this happen before. Thanks

  5. g says:

    I think the admin of this web site is really working hard for his site, as here every stuff is quality based data.

  6. g says:

    Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds
    me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. g says:

    Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed
    to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware
    of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the
    whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  8. 534411 492783Id have to talk to you here. Which isnt something Which i do! I love to reading a post that need to get people to feel. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment! 258393

  9. Your mode of telling everything in this paragraph is genuinely nice, all be able to easily understand it,
    Thanks a lot.

  10. I am genuinely happy to glance at this website posts which includes tons of valuable data, thanks for providing such data.

  11. Yes! Finally someone writes about gamefly free trial.

  12. Liga99 says:

    503367 362491Hello, Neat post. There is an issue along with your website in internet explorer, may well test thisK IE nonetheless could be the marketplace chief and a big section of individuals will pass over your superb writing due to this problem. 708411

  13. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you
    will be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back at some point.
    I want to encourage you continue your great work, have a nice weekend!

  14. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the
    images on this blog loading? I’m trying to determine if
    its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

  15. 783399 9528I like this website because so significantly beneficial stuff on here : D. 477873

  16. 221934 866163It is really a cool and valuable piece of info. Im glad which you merely shared this beneficial data with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing. 52089

  17. quest bars says:

    Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed
    reading it, you’re a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will come back at some point.

    I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great work, have a nice morning!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *