The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 17 reviews
2009 Rank: #105 / 639
USER SCORE
84
Based on
47 ratings

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90
Drowned in Sound

The surprise appearance of The Horrors' new single, 'Sea Within a Sea', has come as quite a shock to the vast majority who dismissed the band during their initial hype-fuelled rise. Where screaming excess and over the top clobber once held sway, the single’s video reveals a group of sombre aesthetes brooding over their instruments as they coolly erect an epic, eight minute wall of sound that slaps a motorik pulse onto the early 4AD catalogue, before slowly immersing it into a bubbling pool of kosmiche noise.

50
PopMatters

Back in 2006, when they stormed the scene, the Horrors seemed more like the goth-rock version of Spinal Tap than an actual band. Decked-out in black drainpipes, with a guitarist named Joshua von Grimm and a cover of Screaming Lord Sutch’s “Jack the Ripper”, the Horrors managed to alienate as many fans as they won over. Their 2007 debut, Strange House, was a mix of rowdy, Stooges-style punk and gothic ambiance, but it ultimately fell flat

; perhaps because it all seemed like one big joke. And that’s enough for a single, an EP maybe, but a full-on album? The hype burnt out so fast there wasn’t even time for smoke.

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JustAReflektor
79
The repetitive nature of some songs, lyrical sloppiness ("New Ice Age" makes me gag), and overuse of shoegaze tropes when not necessary make this album far more flawed than it should have been.

Aside from the first 3 tracks, most of the ideas here are not fully formed, or are simply heavily borrowed from predecessors in alt-rock.

These gripes aside, it's a very fun album to lend a listen.
SiberianBreaks
82
Amazing mix of Shoegaze and Post-Punk. I can hear lots of influences from different bands like Joy Division, The Cure, or even My Bloody Valentine. This album just works really well and is very consistent.

Favourite tracks: Sea Within a Sea, Who Can Say, Scarlet Fields, Primary Colours, Mirror's Image, Do You Remember
86
harsh but very good - worth the almighty effort
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DETAILS

May 5, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL Recordings / Label
Geoff Barrow / Producer
Post-Punk, Shoegaze / Genres
thehorrors.co.uk / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 20 - Amazon
# 13 - Drowned in Sound
# 4 - MOJO
# 8 - musicOMH
# 1 - NME
# 12 - No Ripcord
# 39 - Q Magazine
# 36 - Stereogum
# 20 - Uncut
MISC LISTS
# 68 - NME (2000s)
# 218 - NME Top 500 of All Time
Track List

 

  1. Mirror's Image
  2. Three Decades 
  3. Who Can Say 
  4. Do You Remember 
  5. New Ice Age 
  6. Scarlet Fields 
  7. I Only Think of You 
  8. I Can't Control Myself
  9. Primary Colours 
  10. Sea Within a Sea

 

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