Back in 2009 The Horrors took it upon themselves to release quite possibly the best album of the decade ‘Primary Colours’. Now they’re back with the herculean task of at least matching the quality of the previous album.
First track off ‘Skying’ is ‘Changing The Rain’ which starts with what can only be described as clunks for around 10 seconds but this then bursts into pedalled guitars which sound nothing like guitars. Faris then wails out in his trademark fashion. This track is fairly similar to ‘Primary Colours’. ‘You Said’ is more of a baggy number with synths, loose drums and pulsing bass drones. This marks a step forward in sound and is quite a poppy song. ‘I Can See Through You’ is also a poppy and bass heavy song starting with synth chords before Joshua Hayward’s pedal effects guitar flies in. Faris sings “some people see you, to me you’re just see through, no one remembers your name no one tries”. His lyrics still hitting the mark then.
‘Endless Blue’ starts as quite a slow track with simple synths, quite a slow drum beat and occasional horns, it soon bursts into life though through Joshua’s guitar shredding. This track moves with a lot of pace. First single off the album is ‘Still Life’ drummer Joe Spurgeon’s simple drumbeats power this song along while Faris’ haunting vocals give it a ghostly edge. ’Monica Gems’ moves in like something out of Suede’s début album with pulsing guitars.
All in all The Horrors have produced an album good enough to match ‘Primary Colours’.
Rating: 9 out of 10