10 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having taken 15 months to see completion, the Horror’s fourth album Luminous doesn’t waste any time taking its time. Sure enough, “Chasing Shadows” begins the album with a deliberately ponderous three minutes of atmosphere to set the table for what turns out to be an adventurous, sonically rich and rewarding trip to the far ends of alternative rock and its electronic counterparts. Songs such as “First Day of Spring” and the excellent “So Now You Know” scream for the headphones where one can enjoy the layers of sound that blur with the use of extra reverb. “In and Out of Sight” screams for the dance floor with its kinetic beats, while Faris Badwan’s vocals are mixed in such a way that only more headphone listening will extract the meaning of this flow. Clearly, keyboardist Tom Furse deserves a raise, for he carries the band’s sound through “Jealous Sun,” “Falling Star” and “Sleepwalk,” though guitarist Joshua Third does his best to keep pace. Only “Change Your Mind” slows down and allows enough space for Badwan to get intimate before the chorus shows up and the band revs up the sound once again.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Having taken 15 months to see completion, the Horror’s fourth album Luminous doesn’t waste any time taking its time. Sure enough, “Chasing Shadows” begins the album with a deliberately ponderous three minutes of atmosphere to set the table for what turns out to be an adventurous, sonically rich and rewarding trip to the far ends of alternative rock and its electronic counterparts. Songs such as “First Day of Spring” and the excellent “So Now You Know” scream for the headphones where one can enjoy the layers of sound that blur with the use of extra reverb. “In and Out of Sight” screams for the dance floor with its kinetic beats, while Faris Badwan’s vocals are mixed in such a way that only more headphone listening will extract the meaning of this flow. Clearly, keyboardist Tom Furse deserves a raise, for he carries the band’s sound through “Jealous Sun,” “Falling Star” and “Sleepwalk,” though guitarist Joshua Third does his best to keep pace. Only “Change Your Mind” slows down and allows enough space for Badwan to get intimate before the chorus shows up and the band revs up the sound once again.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Heliotropic ,

Long time Horrors Fan.

I thought the band was good when Strange House came out, but i wasn't in to the whole kitschy, punk-garage thing, Then Primary Colours changed all that. I saw a band that grew and matured in to this really interesting art rock band (for lack of a better term) and this continued through Skying. This album is a little more restrained, upon the first listen i wasn't sure about Luminous, but i kept listening and then certain songs started assert themselves in particular "Jealous Sun". Then other songs started to make an impact and now i love this album just as much the previous mentioned albums. It's a grower, give it a few listens and let it sink in. The Horrors are such a great band one of my favorites of all time. They just give me a feeling that no other band has been able to do and I love them for that.

Blabla645 ,

THE HORRORS

If you are a die hard Horrors fan you are going to be disappointed with the album Luminous. Somewhere between Steely Dan, and a Bollywood soundtrack, Luminous departs from The Horrors previous post punk and Gothic Rock roots. However if you are just looking for new music, and have no knowledge of the horrors go ahead and get it. My ten dollars would have been better spent on a burger.

Kidrobot33 ,

I need more Horrors!

The Horrors are one of the most underrated bands even after winning NME best album of the year for their last album, Skying. I would have given them 5 stars but I have yet to hear the entire new album.

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