The Horrors - Primary Colours
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Ratings: #72 / 872
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 168 ratings
2009 Ratings: #35
Liked by 5 people
May 5, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL Recordings / Label
Post-Punk, Shoegaze / Genres / Website
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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.

shoegaze-post-punk? hmmmmm
everything before this wanted to be this. everything after has tried to be it
while this definitely works more than the 80's goth this still doesn't seem right for them. my main problem with this album are the vocals, they're so out of place and they either are muffled and i have no clue what he's saying or it sounds like he's doing the same vocal style as the last album. again just like their first album there wasn't a single song that i actually liked, just a bunch of songs i thought were fine. i've seen the reviews for this album and clearly i'm not with the popular ... read more
Reasonably entertaining faux-goth, NME-courting nonsense.
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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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