Love Is Dead (Chvrches album)

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Love Is Dead
Chvrches - Love Is Dead.png
Studio album by
Released25 May 2018 (2018-05-25)
RecordedFebruary–December 2017
Studio
  • Echo (Los Angeles)[a]
  • Alucard (New York City)[b]
  • Red Bull (New York City)[c]
  • Rokstone (London)[d]
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length49:03
Label
Producer
Chvrches chronology
Every Open Eye
(2015)
Love Is Dead
(2018)
Hansa Session EP
(2018)
Singles from Love Is Dead
  1. "Get Out"
    Released: 31 January 2018
  2. "My Enemy"
    Released: 28 February 2018
  3. "Never Say Die"
    Released: 29 March 2018
  4. "Miracle"
    Released: 10 April 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB[4]
The Independent5/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
NME4/5 stars[7]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork6.3/10[1]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut6/10[11]

Love Is Dead is the third studio album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches. It was released on 25 May 2018 by Virgin EMI Records and Goodbye Records. The album was co-produced by Greg Kurstin, marking the first time the band have worked with outside producers. The band collaborated with David Stewart from Eurythmics and Matt Berninger from The National during production. The album was announced by Martin Doherty at the start of January 2018, with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry accidentally revealing the album's name in a since-deleted interview that same month.

After wiping their social media accounts, the band released the lead single, "Get Out", on 31 January. The track listing for the album was released two days before the next single, "My Enemy", which featured Berninger, was released on 28 February. The third single from the album, "Never Say Die", was released on 29 March. "Miracle" was released as the fourth single on 10 April.

Background[edit]

In September 2015, the band released their second studio album, Every Open Eye, two years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. It received positive reviews and spawned the singles "Leave a Trace", "Clearest Blue", "Never Ending Circles" and "Empty Threat". Besides releasing the song "Warning Call", cowritten with Solar Fields, for the game Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and releasing a version of "Bury It" with Paramore's Hayley Williams, the band stayed relatively quiet for the rest of the year and the next.

On 1 January 2018, Martin Doherty announced that the band would release an album within the year.[12] That same month, Lauren Mayberry "accidentally" confirmed this and revealed the album's title in an interview, which has been since deleted.[13] On 26 February, the band revealed the tracklist to the album on Twitter.[14]

Recording and production[edit]

The band started working on Love Is Dead on 7 February 2017 in Los Angeles.[15] In 24 February, David Stewart, formerly one-half of the musical duo Eurythmics, revealed that he was in the studio with the band.[16] Greg Kurstin was revealed as a producer for the album on 12 December, with work nearing completion.[17] According to an article from The Independent, the band opted for more universal topics instead of introspection during production, jotting down ideas in a notebook whenever an opportunity passed.[18]

Musical style[edit]

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the band described their work with Kurstin as "the most pop stuff we've done and also the most aggressive and vulnerable at the same time".[19][20][21] On Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, on the premiere of "Get Out", Mayberry said that, "After Every Open Eye, we went back into a little writing studio – this time in New York – but we still wanted to take a little time to work out where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We decided this time we wanted to work with a producer. I think it was really good for us to be pushed to do things differently and take risks." She also explained the album would take an "honest" approach. "If it's going to be more pop it should be more aggressively pop – there's no doing things in half measures. It was nice to not be second guessing ourselves. It's still consistent with what we've done before but it feels like it'll be more of a live experience."[22]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Get Out", premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 31 January 2018, where Annie Mac dubbed it the Hottest Record in the World; it was released the same day.[23] The second single, "My Enemy", featuring vocals from Matt Berninger of The National, was named Zane Lowe's World Record when it premiered on Beats 1 in 28 February, after the tracklist and artwork reveal.[24] "Never Say Die" was released on 29 March, the third single from the album.[25] Premiered on BBC Radio 1, "Miracle" was released on 10 April as the fourth and final single. It is the album's only song recorded in the United Kingdom.[26]

Multimedia[edit]

Prior to the release of "Get Out", and after wiping all of their social media accounts, the band released a short video with a weblink captioned "GET IN", which contained a link that would lead to a Facebook Messenger page made by the band.[27][28] Furthermore, in the music video for the respective single, alongside Matt Berninger taping an advertisement, a poster advertised a phone number. When called, Mayberry reads part of the lyrics to "My Enemy".[29]

Commercial performance[edit]

Love Is Dead debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart, selling 11,763 copies in its first week.[30]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, Lauren Mayberry and Greg Kurstin, and produced by Kurstin; except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Graffiti"  3:38
2."Get Out"  3:51
3."Deliverance"  4:12
4."My Enemy" (featuring Matt Berninger)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:53
5."Forever"  3:44
6."Never Say Die"  4:23
7."Miracle"
  • Mac
  • Chvrches
3:08
8."Graves"  4:43
9."Heaven/Hell"  5:05
10."God's Plan"
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:31
11."Really Gone"
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:11
12."ii"  1:09
13."Wonderland"  4:35
Total length:49:03

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love Is Dead.[31]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[33] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 86
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[36] 22
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[37] 41
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[38] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[39] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[41] 35
Scottish Albums (OCC)[42] 5
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[43] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[44] 81
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[45] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[46] 7
US Billboard 200[47] 11
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[48] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[49] 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tracks 1–3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 13
  2. ^ Tracks 4, 10 and 11
  3. ^ Track 10
  4. ^ Track 7

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