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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Wolf Tone

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With Luminous, no-one could have accused The Horrors of resting on their laurels. Each album from the Southend group takes the breath away by its self-reinvention - more than can be said for many bands. With this fourth work that came out in 2014, the Brits cooked up a record which managed to be homogeneous in spite of all the styles it lifts: from psychedelia, new wave, shoegaze, goth, krautrock and even electro. Three years later, V preserves this eclecticism, driving it onward into more poppy terrain. Because, twelve years after their birth, The Horrors are hungry! Now done with the underground's chiaroscuro, Faris Badwan and his bandmates want to taste stadium-level fame and see the top of the charts. But where the fifth album succeeds is in its ability to play the commercial card, all the while maintaining its identity. So The Horrors are not selling their soul to the devil, but rather in refining its choruses and melodies, rounding off certain angular guitars and putting the accent on their music's groovy potential, with the result of a record that at times evokes Bowie. People who do labels will talk about a mature album. Everyone else will just talk about a perfectly-mastered rock record. © MD/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 5, 2014 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 9, 2011 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 4, 2012 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 21, 2009 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Wolf Tone

After self-producing 2014's Luminous, the Horrors worked with Paul Epworth, a producer renowned for his big sound, on their follow-up V. While the band's fifth album sounds expectedly stadium-sized, bringing another pair of ears into the fold seems to have pushed the Horrors to make the biggest changes to their music since Primary Colours. This time, along with synth pop and shoegaze, they make other sounds from the '80s and early '90s -- baggy, rave, industrial -- their playthings, most strikingly on the opener "Hologram," which sounds like a trippier take on Tubeway Army and sets the tone for V's edgier sounds and outlook. The band reflects on altered states of reality, as well as things that aren't quite real, on songs such as "Press Enter to Exit," where swirling beats and guitars match the band's musings on the looping nature of time, and the industrial-tinged "Machine," one of their noisiest and nastiest songs since Strange House. While duality and imitation are unsurprising lyrical territory for a band whose sound has changed so much over the years, each incarnation of the Horrors has felt genuine. V is no exception: As the album spans "World Below"'s fusion of shoegaze and industrial, "Something to Remember Me By"'s bittersweet widescreen synth pop, the trip-hop-tinged "Ghost," and the Suede-like balladry of "It's a Good Life," the variety of sounds the band explores feels particularly engaging, especially when compared to the way Skying and Luminous presented their music as an ethereal blur. Not everything on V works -- "Weighed Down" and "Gathering" lack the focus of the album's highlights -- but the songs that do are some of the Horrors' most exciting yet. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 2, 2000 | In The Red

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 5, 2007 | Island Def Jam

On their singles and EPs, the Horrors proved they'd done their post-punk and freakbeat homework. With their debut album, Strange House, they push their sound forward, distill it to its rawest essence, and give it a few funhouse mirror twists and turns for good measure. Almost half of the songs on the album already appeared on previous Horrors releases, but the ever-so-slightly cleaner production here gives more definition to their black-on-black sound. The band kicks off Strange House by revisiting their cover of Screaming Lord Sutch's "Jack the Ripper," which begins at a zombie-slow pace, then suddenly speeds up halfway through, transforming into a hurtling roller coaster of a song that makes a great introduction to Strange House's mix of campy humor, energy, and menace. With its dive-bombing noise barely held together by Faris Badwan's shouting and the faintest hint of a melody, "Sheena Is a Parasite" is still the Horrors' best and most radical song, although several other tracks here rival its black-hearted thrills. Once again, Spider Webb's vicious keyboards are the band's not-so-secret weapon, especially on the fantastic, strutting "She Is the New Thing," which blurs the line between girls and trends, flings and boredom, with macabre flair. On Strange House's wildest tracks, the Horrors channel their idol Joe Meek's love of wild sounds. "Thunderclaps" grafts galloping rhythms, twangy guitars, and chanted backing vocals together, Frankenstein-style, while "Little Victories" brandishes noisy onslaughts and turns them off just as quickly. The very end of the album gets even weirder and more deconstructed: "Gil Sleeping"'s woozy organs and jazzy drumming and "A Train Roars"' ominous, loping rhythms show that the Horrors are committed to pushing the boundaries of their sound, even if these experiments aren't quite as immediate as their more song-based work. The Horrors are unabashedly arty and stylish, but they're a great example of the kind of art-school band that lurks in the shadows of British rock (and of which there have been too few in the 2000s). If you like what the Horrors do, then Strange House is an album that can never be loud enough. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 30, 2018 | Wolf Tone

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2021 | Caroline International (License Internal)

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 6, 2014 | XL Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 9, 2017 | Wolf Tone

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Alternative & Indie - To be released March 12, 2021 | Caroline International (License Internal)

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Electronic - Released August 16, 2019 | Caroline International (P&D)

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 2, 2019 | Wolf Tone

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Alternative & Indie - To be released March 12, 2021 | Caroline International (License Internal)

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 9, 2019 | Wolf Tone

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2021 | Caroline International (License Internal)

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 9, 2017 | Wolf Tone

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2003 | In The Red