'All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell'. Reviewed.
PVRIS are a hugely important band – for this scene and for these strange, hard, and often hopeless times. That’s why 2014’s debut album ‘White Noise’ struck the alternative world with meteoric force, scorching all in its path. As our cover story reveals, it even tore the three musicians responsible apart. No wonder the rebuild pushed Lynn, Alex and Brian through personal and emotional hell. But the fruits of that labour are something to behold.
Musically, the trio’s template remains intact (as they say, ‘if it ain’t broke…’). Over these songs they shoot for the moon, soaring like rockets in flight when those heart-stopping choruses kick in. Again, Lynn Gunn somewhat reluctantly takes centre stage; forever enigmatic and fascinating, yet always revealing shades of her true self – in lyrical flashes, subtle nuances and the overall impression of a young woman who’s lived every minute of the hurt and healing she’s singing about.
The net result might involve scores of sing-alongs and songs you can dance to, but there’s no escaping the weight behind a line like, “Don’t need a metaphor for you to know I’m miserable” on ‘What’s Wrong’.
All 10 tracks here bear such scars, adding up to a staggering work of honesty, beauty and artistic achievement. It’s hugely impressive on those terms alone… but even more so given everything PVRIS endured in its creation.