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Old 05-23-2009, 02:24 AM   #1
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The Horrors ~ Primary Colors

I picked this up off a random recommendation from Rate Your Music, five listens later, I know I have a new favorite for 2009. The album kinda sounds like if Joy Division and The Cure had a kid who got into Shoegaze.


As far as I can tell their first album got mega-hyped, and ended up disappointing, but most of the reviews tend to focus on how much of an improvement this album is over it's predecessor.

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Where once stood five carefully styled students looking to create a loud racket, Primary Colours reveals a confident, poised group of songwriters who aren’t afraid of acknowledging the sounds of years gone by while successfully sidestepping the pitfalls of pastiche. The influences are apparent and that can’t be denied. The Cure, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Psychedelic Furs and every other black clad British rocker of a certain vintage have left their mark on Primary Colours. The pulsating chimes of opener 'Mirror’s Image' even tip a hat to Brian Eno’s early ambient work.
From Drowned in Sound

The lead single:

YouTube - The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea [HQ]


And my personal favorite Track (happens to be the title track):

YouTube - The Horrors - Primary Colours (2009)
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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I was quite taken aback by this record. I hear loads of Joy Division here, particularly in the vocals (although there is a certain imposing Nick Cave feel to them that Ian Curtis' cries and shouts lacked), but there's some early Cure in here too...possibly Seventeen Seconds? To top it all off, squalls of hazy, pseudo-melodic shoegaze guitar. Great record. And, though I need more time to digest it, especially if I'm ever going to be able to name a favorite track, it's quite clear to me that this will be one of my very favorite albums of the year.
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:37 AM   #3
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It's a pretty dense record, to be sure.
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I was listening to the 30 second samples from Amazon last night, and I think there's too much Cure in it for my tastes. I liked the first album with all the screaming and organ and nuttiness.
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I really don't hear The Cure...My Bloody Valentine and a wee bit of Joy Division yes but The Cure nada.
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I hear far more than a wee bit of Joy Division. Faris Rotter does one of the better Ian Curtis impressions I've heard. And I don't really hear that much MBV...I think as far as shoegaze goes, it's closer to The Jesus And Mary Chain than anything.
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We each hear our own thing...makes for a good album me thinks
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Just picked it up today and listened to it while driving home - very good record, I was rather surprised by how much I like it. As mentioned, it does sound very dense, good mixture of influences going on. Feels like it could be released any year of the past 20 years or so, and I say this in a good way.
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You guys are all fitted and ready to join the NME army
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Not really, the NME loved their last album if I remember, most other places classed it as a disappointment. This has been getting good reviews across the board.

That said I still think The Libertines were great.
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You're all crazy. This sounds like the Psychedelic Furs.
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For the record, I didn't hate their first album, I just don't think it's nearly as strong as this one.
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Seems we all hear what we want to hear
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These guys were supposed to open for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when I saw them touring for Baby 81. For some reason they didn't show up or cancelled or something. I too had not heard overly positive things about the first album, but your descriptions have all been 100% right up my alley, so I'm going to have to take a looksie at the links 212 provided.
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