11 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Horrors started out as a dark, noise-encrusted version of Britain’s latest take on the goth-punk of the Cramps and Joy Division (which we loved, even when confronted with the band’s costumy get-up), and have morphed into something quite spectacular: a smart bunch of guys — led by Faris Badwan — who filter the greats of decades past into something new and exciting. 2009’s Primary Colours smoothed things out a bit, toying with Krautrock and ‘80s alt rock, while retaining an interesting edge and delivering strong songs. Here, Faris and company fully embrace the decade of shoulder pads and hairspray — Echo & The Bunnymen, Simple Minds, and the “Madchester” scene all come to mind — but they have an inexplicable ability to reinvent rather than ape. “I Can See Through You” and “Still Life” have all the rapturous melodrama of Simple Minds — soaring, shimmering synths, and an irresistible “la la la” chorus on the former and crowd-swaying melancholy on the latter. But on tunes like the psychedelic mini-epic “Moving Further Away” and the glinting “Endless Blue,” with its gloriously serrated guitars, the organic and natural genius of the Horrors is quite evident.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Horrors started out as a dark, noise-encrusted version of Britain’s latest take on the goth-punk of the Cramps and Joy Division (which we loved, even when confronted with the band’s costumy get-up), and have morphed into something quite spectacular: a smart bunch of guys — led by Faris Badwan — who filter the greats of decades past into something new and exciting. 2009’s Primary Colours smoothed things out a bit, toying with Krautrock and ‘80s alt rock, while retaining an interesting edge and delivering strong songs. Here, Faris and company fully embrace the decade of shoulder pads and hairspray — Echo & The Bunnymen, Simple Minds, and the “Madchester” scene all come to mind — but they have an inexplicable ability to reinvent rather than ape. “I Can See Through You” and “Still Life” have all the rapturous melodrama of Simple Minds — soaring, shimmering synths, and an irresistible “la la la” chorus on the former and crowd-swaying melancholy on the latter. But on tunes like the psychedelic mini-epic “Moving Further Away” and the glinting “Endless Blue,” with its gloriously serrated guitars, the organic and natural genius of the Horrors is quite evident.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Adonisness X_x ,

Beautiful

This album is beautiful from beginning to end...however nothing stood out to me...i liked primary colours more...but that doesnt mean this album isnt amazing....i jst prefered primary colours it had speacial songs

Carson Casey ,

Skying

Still life is the best track on the album and it's FREE!!...Amazing song, thank you iTunes and thank you Horrors.

kvangorp ,

Best of 2011

These boys have the cunning, understanding, and talent to put together a highly listenable yet complex piece of work and "Skying" is it. Granted, their transition from their first to second album was probably the most impressive switch any band has pulled off in a long time (MGMT could be a close second) but this third effort is exactly the Horrors. What I mean is, they've now established a firm foundation at this point from which to build into a great band. It's all there, the lyrics, the song structure, the mystique and celebrity, a growing following, and above all, they've used whatever influences they have from other bands only to the extent that they can abandon it and become themselves. They're no longer a "sounds like this, sounds like that" band. They sound like the Horrors and the Horrors are a fine outfit who care about what they release down to the minutiae. No filler, just something many bands need to consider when making their next step because most should just back out and get day jobs if they're not going to try to at least follow suit in regards to work ethic. Highlights: All of it. Give a thorough listen with a bottle of deep red and explore this gem. Great work, fellars, cheers and cheers.

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