The Horrors - Skying
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2011 Ratings: #39 / 977
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2011 Ratings: #57
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July 26, 2011 / Release Date
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Skying has a new swagger and panache, but it also possesses that lightness of touch which was first audible in Primary Colours.

Consequence of Sound

With Skying, the band has moved on to their own distinct personality by simply evolving.


Gone is the ‘Primary Colours’ influences of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, or the punchy impatience of ‘Strange House’, and in that place stands an intellectually collective five-piece, fully immersed in the confidence of their own astonishing abilities.

Beats Per Minute

It’s still the work of a band firing on all cylinders.

A.V. Club

Skying boasts countless vague allusions to waking up, seeing things, rain, and/or the ocean.

Drowned in Sound

Skying leaves me perhaps more interested in where they'll go next, than where they are now.


If all you can see is a tangle of influences then you’re standing too close to the picture, and when ‘Skying’’s visions come into focus, it not only reaffirms that ‘Primary Colours’ was far from a fluke, but that they could go so much further.

No Ripcord

With Skying, The Horrors continue to explore familiar territory whilst refining their idiosyncratic slant like proficient tastemakers.

Regardless of where they end up next, the Horrors have already traveled much further than most listeners would have imagined.
Under The Radar

The songs on Skying are dense, towering, and occasionally overstuffed.

Slant Magazine

While in some sense these tracks are truer to the band's past than Skying's more formally ambitious cuts, that only convinces me that the Horror's biggest leaps forward are the ones in which they follow other musician's great ideas to new places.

The Guardian

Music buffs might still want to play spot the influence with Skying ... but that would undersell this marvellous record, which should be every bit as exciting to a listener who knows none of those reference points.

Coke Machine Glow

Skying does for early '80s psychedelic Brit-rock what Primary Colours did for post-punk, and both are as satisfying with such goals as one can imagine.


The Horrors have evolved into a dependable band making wide-reaching rock music.


Skying lacks the urgency of their raucous goth-punk debut Strange House, but the broadly hooky single "Still Life" could fill an arena nicely, and the band actually sound interested enough to entertain the possibility.


Skying is the work of a band that's living up to the hype, just after the fact. And considering the trajectory that Skying shows they're on, maybe the Horrors won't just ultimately match the expectations of them, but maybe top them.

NOW Magazine
Lots of bands pillage from the pop music canon; few do it with the aplomb of the Horrors.
One of the more maximalist records I've heard in a while, "Skying" sounds huge in a way that it gives off the impression of having taken a whole lot of effort to make. This approach suits their songwriting, sending melodies and lyrics, which adhere closely to a post-Britpop template, into the stratosphere. A lot of it is pretty jaw-dropping, with some of the synth lines conjuring up some impressive adrenaline. This works better in four or five minute chunks than it does in seven ... read more
Oh man, what the fuck happened to The Horrors? This is just really boring, generic, bland dream pop. They had so much potential to be this generation's The Cure or at least the millennial goth band. But nope, they keep aiming higher and falling flat. This reminds me of The Verve and that's most likely why I'm not digging this at all. Sure, it's pretty to listen to, but goddamn, I don't see myself returning to this at all. Soundtrack music for teenage dramas. Don't get me wrong, I love shoegaze ... read more
On "Skying", once again the Horror's decided not to stick to their guns, and went with something a lot simpler and shinier with some ice-like synth's built up like waves that crash around across this delightful 40 odd minute album. Though it's not quite as full throttle in the way that made Primary Colours so appealing to me, this is an incredibly well made follow up that's just as enjoyable.

Surprisingly, the weakest part about this album is the first few tracks. "You ... read more
beautiful record, up with the british greats.
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Track List

  1. Changing the Rain 
  2. You Said 
  3. I Can See Through You 
  4. Endless Blue 
  5. Dive In 
  6. Still Life 
  7. Wild Eyed 
  8. Moving Further Away
  9. Monica Gems
  10. Oceans Burning
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