The Horrors - Luminous
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Based on 24 reviews
2014 Ratings: #129 / 828
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Based on 160 ratings
2014 Ratings: #139
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Luminous, all told, is a sure-fire summer soundtrack from a band who are far more cerebral than they’d have you believe.

Time Out London

‘Luminous’ is one of the biggest, tightest, most engrossing records we’ve heard from a British band in years.


In an environment where bands are championed for simply surviving, The Horrors go several steps further. Fragments of the group's past link together and the future illuminates in unison. 

Drowned in Sound

Eloquent and peaceful til its final note signals the end, there's little else to add other than to state the obvious; Luminous marks another fitting addition to The Horrors' increasingly untouchable catalogue.


Luminous is a tremendously dense record, but one that manages to find ample breathing space for each of its studio takes.

Under The Radar

Horrors' talent for writing light-handed but heavy-impact slow burn anthems-you can see either of them going down fantastically at festivals this summer. Another triumph from a band whose evolution goes from strength to strength.

The Skinny

They consolidate the Psychedelic Furs-via-Hacienda stylings of 2011’s Skying for their fourth LP, which is gratifying enough to seduce fedora youths in a field without wholly sacrificing the experimental spirit.


‘Luminous’ arrives after 15 delay-stricken months in the studio, a gestation period on a par with that of a baby giraffe, and admittedly, it sounds like something that took an age to make


While the changes the band makes to its music post-Primary Colours are more subtle, Luminous proves the Horrors still have a sense of adventure; they sound comfortable, but not too comfortable to try new things.

Consequence of Sound

Across the board, Luminous represents a solid step forward for The Horrors. With this newly expanded sound and epic scope, they’ve moved beyond their early garage rock and goth influences and are now in conversation with Brit rockers like Muse or (gasp) even Radiohead.

Pretty Much Amazing

The Horrors do have a masterpiece inside them, and with each release it’s bubbling closer to the surface. Luminous is not it.


It's at turns utterly breathtaking and vaguely familiar, but in the end it just sorta sounds like Skying.

Aug 18, 2014
indie rock, the songs are all quite good but it is nowhere near as good as Skying, their previous album, disappointing
Jul 25, 2014
The Horrors made a very solid album. This isn't one that I will call a masterpiece but it is a rewarding listen.
Jul 19, 2014
Diferente, una buena banda se caracteriza por poder manejar y cambiar su sonido sin quitarles su escencia, Como las tradicionales intros que le ponen a sus canciones (Chasing Shadows),poco de shoegazing (Jealous Sun) y mucha Neo-Psychedelia (Falling Star, First Day of Spring)y un tema medio mainstream (So Now your know) De los mejores discos del año
best tracks: Chasing Shadows/ I See You / Sleepwalk
Jun 2, 2014
Less strange and peculiar, but far more touchable and cerebral than the records they´ve already made. Good job!
Track List
  1. Chasing Shadows
  2. First Day of Spring 
  3. So Now You Know
  4. In and Out of Sight
  5. Jealous Sun
  6. Falling Star
  7. I See You
  8. Change Your Mind
  9. Mine and Yours
  10. Sleepwalk

Added on: February 24, 2014