Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2015 Ratings: #154 / 770
Year End Rank: #38
User Score
Based on 403 ratings
2015 Ratings: #242
September 25, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Universal / Label
Synthpop, Electropop / Genres
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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.
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
Our me too surprised, judged by its cover, then I thought it would be a morass of psychedelic alternative album, was much better than expected, production, sound, voice, loved it. from today will watch the band "Chvrches" and their upcoming releases. High Enough To Carry You Over is very Anthem.
CHVRCHES return with a solid sophomore effort. It's hard to imagine how they could top their first album, but it's apparent that CHVRCHES know exactly what they are doing. Every Open Eye sounds much more mature and structured than the first album, building upon what made the first one so great. It's an album that proves that CHVRCHES is more than just a gimmicky electro-pop band, and can make well-rounded, easily-listenable hits.

Favorite Songs: Make Them Gold, Down Side of Me, High Enough to ... read more
It's very same-y compared to their first record, but it's still fantastic.

Top Tracks: Clearest Blue, Never Ending Circles
Every song just sounds like a hit single..................that's not a good thing. It means every song follows the exact same formula, structure, pace, and chord progression. Same issue with the first album. The songs are still good and catchy, but I feel they're PERFECTLY calculated to sound like perfect radio hit songs. It lacks any kind of emotion, passion, empathy, or context, and it's void of any kind of creativity.
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#7/SPIN (Pop)

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