The Horrors, 'Skying' (XL)

Critical Mass
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Label: XL

by Stacey Anderson

Coachella denizens may remember the Horrors' petulant set a couple of years ago, during which the Brits griped that they'd rather be watching My Bloody Valentine across the field. Inspiring stuff. But the young quintet's third album is more promising, adding expansive synthscapes and subtle brass arrangements to the art-rock gravitas of 2009's Primary Colours, teasing out a poppier take on Primal Scream. Skying lacks the urgency of their raucous goth-punk debut Strange House, but the broadly hooky single "Still Life" could fill an arena nicely, and the band actually sound interested enough to entertain the possibility.

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