Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2015 Ratings: #183 / 915
Year End Rank: #38
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Based on 542 ratings
2015 Ratings: #195
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Unlike so many of their peers, Chvrches know who they’re supposed to be. Every piece of the puzzle adds up to a whole. Definitively a single piece of work, this is an album of many aspects.
A.V. Club

The record feels like the kind a band releases just before it takes off. If Every Open Eyes turns out to be Chvrches’ breakthrough album, no one should be surprised.


Every Open Eye is another album you can throw on at a party to get everyone dancing just as easily as you could pensively listen to it alone in your bedroom.


The music is digital and danceable but with emotional depth -- much of it thanks to Mayberry, who can be dulcet but can also fly and punch.

A record like a deep gulp of cold air on a clear, bright morning after.
The Skinny
For all the careful egalitarianism of Chvrches’ 2013 debut, the Glasgow three-piece’s second full-length shows their synth-pop becoming braver and brighter, owing in no small part to the growing charisma of lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry.
Under The Radar

Every Open Eye is the sound of a band moving steadily forward, while keeping one foot grounded in the origin of their success. No, it isn't any gargantuan leap, but it is a collection of expertly constructed luminous and shimmering pop tracks, honed with care and delivered with clarity.

These songs may feature their slickest production yet, but they avoid feeling hollow thanks to Doherty and Cook's keen ear for bridging together disparate elements with laser precision, all while allowing Mayberry's pointed lyrics to come through.
Slant Magazine

Every Open Eye is pop music with sharp edges and high stakes. With its immense drums, metallic-sheen synths, and a singer whose voice lends humanity to a totemic sound, it's irresistibly endearing music that empowers the most vulnerable of sentiments.


Even if Every Open Eye is cheerier-sounding than The Bones of What You Believe, its emotions are just as complex.

The Guardian

It’s an assured follow-up to their US-conquering debut, The Bones of What You Believe, picking out its predecessor’s stadium-pop moments and turning up the intensity without ever overselling its charm.

The 405

Every Open Eye is almost an album of empowerment for the internet age, full of razzle-dazzle and campy '90s flare. It's an album that sits on your shoulder whispering "everything is going to be OK", feeling like a blast of cool air. Mostly, it's fun in the face of fear and uncertainty.


Every Open Eye is lean, keenly focused, an immense growth from their debut that keeps their foundations intact.


Every Open Eye is a solid album with few surprises, and one that proves Chvrches to be no one album wonder.


Some of the idiosyncrasies may have been dialled down ... yet it remains a thoroughly impressive effort.

NOW Magazine

Along with catchy choruses, the album gets pop cred for its streamlined approach. While the three-piece haven’t lost their penchant for texture, this time a “less is more” ethos takes them back to the basics of melody and rhythm.


The hard work and meticulous fine-tuning of Every Open Eye is so deeply embedded in the finished product that Chvrches never come off as self-conscious. Instead, it manifests as that uncanny, priceless quality of the truly popular: confidence.

The Line of Best Fit
Two years to the week after their debut album was released, the follow-up is not noticeably dissimilar. This is a sign of a group that are confident in, and are reinforcing their sound.

The songs on Every Open Eye move better, evolve cleaner and hit bigger heights. It’s a subtle evolution, but a big step for this kind of pop band.

CHVRCHES aim for nothing less than maximum forward impact at all times.

Every Open Eye proves Chvrches to be a band that hones in on its strengths, develops them, and uses those strengths to consistently release quality material.

Rolling Stone

They're not big on verse-chorus structure, going instead for roiling anthems that start big and only get grander.

Pretty Much Amazing

Every Open Eye does feel as though it is trying to reach everyone all at once, and hits its marks less frequently than its predecessor.

Drowned in Sound

Every Open Eye seems neutered, the rough edges sanded back on an album that fits a mould more than it breaks it - which given the band’s confrontational media stance seems something of a waste.

Consequence of Sound
They used to sound like they were getting away with something devious and fun; now, it sounds like they’re just getting by.
"Every Open Eye" is yet another fun, infectious and gorgeously-produced record with Lauren's incredible vocals, outstanding hooks and a grander, more anthemic sense of scale. It does feel like a repeat of "The Bones of What You Believe", though.

Fav Tracks: Down Side of Me, Make Them Gold, Clearest Blue, Leave a Trace, Never Ending Circles, Playing Dead, High Enough to Carry You Over

Least Fav Track: Afterglow

This... is... a... NOSTALGIA REVIEW!!

It was the Fall of 2015. A younger me had just had his first break-up a week before his birthday. Devastated and confused, I really felt as though these turns of events had wrecked my entire life. I had seemingly pushed all my friends away, chose her over family multiple times when I shouldn't have, and sacrificed a part of my personality over the short course of two years. I wasn't me anymore, I hadn't really been me in years to be honest. I had very ... read more
lauren mayberry sounds perfect
The Bones of What You Believe may have been the album that made me fall in love with Chvrches and many other artists riding he mid-2010s synthpop revival wave, but I’ve always felt that Every Open Eye is a much more consistent listen. The production is more fleshed out. The hooks are anthemic. Lauren’s vocals feel a lot more bold and confident. Even the obligatory Martin song on here (“High Enough To Carry You Over”) is fantastic.

Highlights: Leave A Trace, Keep You On ... read more
For a bit of fun, I've decided to revisit my 2015 AOTY list and see how all the records on it have held up - there'll be some cringe and maybe some new found love but one thing is for sure, and that's that there will be words.

2015 me: It’s not easy to follow up your debut album. Regardless if it was the best thing ever created in the history of music or forgettable rubbish, everyone has their attention solely on you to see what you’ll do to fix or improve what you’ve already ... read more
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Track List

  1. Never Ending Circles
  2. Leave a Trace
  3. Keep You on My Side
  4. Make Them Gold
  5. Clearest Blue
  6. High Enough to Carry You Over
  7. Empty Threat
  8. Down Side of Me
  9. Playing Dead
  10. Bury It
  11. Afterglow
  12. Get Away
  13. Follow You
  14. Bow Down
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Added on: July 15, 2015