- V

The Horrors - V
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Rank: #30 / 522
USER SCORE
74
Based on
25 ratings

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100
The Guardian

There’s something really powerful and undeniable about V’s songs that suggests it could provide the most unlikely twist in an unlikely story: the Horrors actually becoming as big as the overheated hype announced they would a decade ago. Whether that happens or not, it’s a triumph.

100
A.V. Club

V maintains a distinctively elegant gloom, The Horrors continuing to find intoxicating new shades within their gray moods. It’s an album that confirms them as one of the most consistently surprising, most artistically sophisticated, simply greatest rock bands working today.

85
Under The Radar

V could very well be the album that pushes The Horrors to the next echelon, something the group has already accomplished in its native U.K. with its last two albums breaking the top 10 charts. This is an unrealistic expectation Stateside, but V certainly has the chops to propel them up a level or two in the American public's consciousness.

80
The Skinny

Overall, V feels like a consolidation of all of the strengths that The Horrors have built up over the last ten years, tightly bundled and perfectly accessible without sacrificing any of their artistic integrity.

80
PopMatters

On V, the Horrors have got their mojo back. They sound lean, keen and mean but with songs to match the swagger. This is the album the band needed to make.

80
NME
Newly signed to Epworth’s label Wolf Tone, and following up ‘Luminous’ (an album they reckon “could have been better”) the band have responded by unleashing their ballsiest selves.
80
The Independent
In their 11th year, they move out of whatever comfort zone they were in before and recapture some of their best traits.
80
AllMusic

While the band's fifth album sounds expectedly stadium-sized, bringing another pair of ears into the fold seems to have pushed the Horrors to make the biggest changes to their music since Primary Colours.

80
Mojo
The Horrors’ alchemical sticky-fingered raid through the ’80s closet delivers some of the most thrilling, most substantial pop you’ll hear all year.
40
Loud and Quiet
You get the sense that The Horrors still have greatness in them (see Tom Furse’s experimental solo album and Badwan’s work in Cat’s Eyes) but it’s not here.
Sep 22, 2017
imimesis
75
Lukewarm on this album at first. I've always been underwhelmed by The Horrors but thought I'd give this one a shot. It kind of moves in waves in terms of quality, but the overall effect might grow on me with repeated listens.
Sep 22, 2017
pouls
53
I'll put this simply. The aesthetic presented in V is very strong, and I'd say that it is one of the best things that this album has. However, the execution to back this strong aesthetic is truly lacking in this album, making it a very tedious listen for me. I don't think that this is one of the worst albums of 2017, but it was one of the albums that have underwhelmed me the most, especially considering the generally high expectations that I had for this album once I heard "Weighed ... read more
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Added on: June 28, 2017