The new album from Chvrches is so epic that five songs in, you feel like you’ve listened to all of it. Following up their debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe”, the Scottish trio take what they did well on that album and nearly perfected it. “Every Open Eye” is as good of a sophomore album as you’re likely to hear and Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry aren’t likely to go away anytime soon.
“Every Open Eye” doesn’t stray far from the formula that made them great on their last album. Catchy synthpop that’s defined lyrically in a very poignant fashion by Mayberry. Every point and argument she makes comes across like an intelligent debate and something worth listening to. When she’s telling a story or conveying other emotions, they’re conveyed in both an underlying and intelligent way too. They’re never thrown in your face. Musically, what the band does is defined by Cook and Doherty in some big ways. The synth work and the rhythm section of Chvrches is kind of amazing. Without doing what they do well, Mayberry’s work wouldn’t have nearly the impact and when Cook does get a song to sing on “Every Open Eye” he delivers in a big way on “High Enough to Carry You Over.”
Every Open Eye is an album that you’ll be able to listen to over and over. Chvrches did something that few bands manage to do – they made their sophomore album actually better than their debut. It’s not something to take lightly and it makes me think that we’ll be hearing this trio for at least another decade.