Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2009 Ratings: #77 / 867
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 152 ratings
2009 Ratings: #37
Liked by 4 people
May 5, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL Recordings / Label
Post-Punk, Shoegaze / Genres
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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.


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.

everything before this wanted to be this. everything after has tried to be it
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
Reasonably entertaining faux-goth, NME-courting nonsense.
harsh but very good - worth the almighty effort
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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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