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Love Is Dead


Love Is Dead

Third album from the Glasgow synthpop trio produced by Greg Kurstin (Sia, Beck, Kelly Clarkson, Tegan and Sara, Foo Fighters)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Love Is Dead continues to ask questions of the world, but realises they’re not always black and white, or in CHVRCHES case, light or dark
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  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Chvrches may declare that love is dead; but you just fell right back into it. You won’t shake this record for a very long time
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Many sure-footed, instantly memorable songs. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Love Is Dead shows the Glasgow indie electro three-piece super-sizing their synth-pop, adding a surprising aggression to boot. Don’t be surprised if Love Is Dead seals their superstardom
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  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Still capable of delivering exciting, engaging and boundary-pushing synth-pop when it really matters
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Love Is Dead’ manages to balance hopeful, utopian pop with a darker, gloomier undercurrent
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    Celebratory, rich and more confident than ever
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    They’ve embraced co-producers for the first time in Greg Kurstin and Steve Mac, and their most sparkling euphoria, bolstered by live drums, is to the fore on the likes of gorgeous opener Graffiti, a neon-inked love-letter to young friendships
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    A battery of bright, rallying choruses that break free of disheartening despair
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  10. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Assertive but not showy, passionate but not gaudy, and wholly necessary
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    The most impressive thing about Love is Dead might be that as big as its sound gets, Chvrches never lose touch with the humanity that's at the core of their music
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Chvrches are at their finest when they're adding dabs of holographic highlighter to structures built on New Wave's buzzy bliss and post-goth's gloom
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Will certainly please the band's ever-expanding fan base while not really moving the needle creatively enough to convince sceptics that their initial opinions were unfounded
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    At times, 'Love Is Dead' is the darkest the band has ever been while finally becoming as poppy as they've always wanted to be
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  15. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    An uncomplicated, unsurprising collection of steely synth pop
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  16. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    Not as engaging or interesting as its predecessors
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  17. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Overproduced, under-realized
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  18. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    CHVRCHES' Love Is Dead is an album whose makers are screaming "we're ready for the spotlight", whether or not the sentiment is actually true
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  19. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The album finds originality when the band stops reaching for pop perfection
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  20. 6.0 |   Q

    Love Is Dead's songs don't so much burrow into your brain as thwack you over the head, and the band's tendency to fashion refrains from little more than the song titles means some tracks are memorable simply by dint of merciless repetition. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    When they burst onto the scene it felt like Chvrches’ popularity could have pushed mainstream pop into more interesting territory. On Love Is Dead, it seems that they’re the ones who blinked first
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  22. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Missing the attitude and strangeness that made their past music unique
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  23. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Chvrches has perhaps stretched their sound to its logical breaking point
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  24. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album eschews the incisive introspection and figurative lyricism that defined Chvrches's early work
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  25. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Perhaps the record will turn Chvrches into genuine chart-botherers, or festival headliners, but their last two albums had already provided compelling evidence that they would have been capable of that under their own steam, without the anaesthetising effect of Kurstin’s expensive production
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  26. 4.8 |   Earbuddy

    Neon shiny music with vapid lyrics
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  27. 4.0 |   The FT

    For all the ostensible bigness of its gestures, Love Is Dead comes across as constrained and unambitious. It lacks faith in what it wants to do
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  28. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    She’s not the first British singer to adopt an American accent but her particular take (spoilt Californian teen) combined with blandstanding lyrics about “looking for angels in the darkest skies” are grating
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  29. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Mayberry is one of the more interesting figures in modern pop, so here’s hoping one day they’ll have a bit more substance and bite
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