AOTY 2019

Luminous

The Horrors - Luminous
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2014 Ratings: #112 / 845
User Score
Based on 175 ratings
2014 Ratings: #184
May 5, 2014 / Release Date
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XL Recordings / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Luminous, all told, is a sure-fire summer soundtrack from a band who are far more cerebral than they’d have you believe.

100
Time Out London

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

100
DIY

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. 

90
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.

90
Exclaim!

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

85
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.

80
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.

80
NME

‘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

80
AllMusic

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.

75
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.

cwmDJ
73
indie rock, the songs are all quite good but it is nowhere near as good as Skying, their previous album, disappointing
raymon
80
The Horrors made a very solid album. This isn't one that I will call a masterpiece but it is a rewarding listen.
lemuriams
NR
Hahahahahahahahahhahaha EVERYONE CHANGE RATINGS, BECOUSE PITCHFORK GIVE 6.7 hahahahahaha STUPID PEOPLE WITHOUT HEADS.
JustinSlick
83
I was close-but-not-quite on board with Skying, but I think they've finally gotten through to me with this one. Truth be told, nothing yet this year has really blown me away, but this is pretty good. Not Tame Impala good, but good nonetheless.
tha138
69
Gothically groovy and psychedelically hazy, this is how mainstream rock music should sound: squarelly produced to conquer the world!
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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
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