Written By: Melanie Pabst
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (5 / 5)
PVRIS is a band that you need to know. And I mean that genuinely. If you don’t know them, or have never heard a song from them, then I suggest you fix that situation as quickly as you can and put on their new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. It’s pure heaven in my eardrums. Honestly. With this album, you can have the volume as loud as you can, and you’ll still catch yourself trying to turn it up higher. That’s what PVRIS’ music does to me.
I hate to admit it, but I’m late in discovering PVRIS. The first song I heard from them was “What’s Wrong,” which is off their most recent album, but is not their first. PVRIS formed in 2013 by lead singer, Lynn Gunn, keyboardist, Alex Babinski, and bassist, Brian Macdonald. The band released their first album, White Noise in 2014. And have now followed up with their sophomore album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. Their rock and electronic/pop sound, mixed with Lynn Gunn’s dark lyrics and angelic voice make them a band that you won’t be able to stop listening too.
After hearing “What’s Wrong” for the first time, I was instantly hooked. The beat was something I couldn’t shake and the lyrics were so powerful. Before I knew it, I had been listening to PVRIS on shuffle all day. Allowing Lynn Gunn’s voice to reach down into my soul. She has one of the purest voices I’ve ever heard. With this album, they’ve broken all barriers and are really showcasing their own sound. I can’t think of another band that sounds remotely like PVRIS. They have a sound all their own and they’re on their way up.
This album bleeds emotion and rawness. Which is why I had to give it 5’s across the board for originality, vocals, lyrics and production. From the opener, “Heaven,” you can feel the maturity in this album and you shortly realize that PVRIS have taken their music to an entirely new level. “Anyone Else” feels like a lifeline when you listen to it. You just hold on and never want to let it go. It’s pure art and one of my favorite tracks off of the album. With one of my favorite lines, “Cause I could touch a hundred thousand souls, and none of them would ever feel like home.” The album continues to with Lynn’s voice being the beacon of light in the darkness. “Separate,” is dark from beginning to end. I get chills every single time I listen to it, and then I put it on again.
That’s how music is supposed to make you feel. It’s meant to send a chill down your spine and reach you down to your core. It’s supposed to make you feel something PVRIS’ album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell does just that. PVRIS’ makes sure you feel the entirety of every song and you can’t expect anything less. Trust me, this album is exactly what you need in your life at this moment.