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Primary Colours [CD]

The Horrors Audio CD
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The Horrors make their eagerly awaited return with the release of a new album on XL Recordings on the 11th of July 2011.

‘Skying’, self-produced and recorded in The Horrors’ own self built studio in London’s Dalston, was mixed by Grammy Award winner Craig Silvey. It features ten brand new tracks and includes the forthcoming single ‘Still Life’, also ... Read more in Amazon's The Horrors Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B0021H5FN2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

When The Horrors first arrived on the cover of NME a couple of years ago, being bugled as the best band in the country, various hackles were raised and naturally the inbuilt cynicism of your everyday Enemy fan smelt dubious hype. They looked amazing, and in the 100 or so seconds of the single Sheena Is A Parasite, sounded pretty good too. However, their black clad eyes and tendency to smear audiences in soot didn't suggest a long term career plan, and within a few moments of their not-that-bad debut album Strange House being released, they had been written off as some sort of novelty that it wouldn't been a shock if there were collectible Japanese action figures made of them. Primary Colours, then, is likely to be a bit of a shock to those expecting further Screaming Lord Sutch hysterics.

Oh yes. A colossal sounding amalgam of incredible influences - Neu!, My Bloody Valentine, Mary Chain, DAF, Acid house, Loop, krautrock, even Kitchens Of Distinction etc, broadening their palette enough as so not to get confused with The View. Within minutes of the first single - the eight minute Sea Within A Sea - being made available on their site, the net was vibrating with nothing but Blimey!s, and various words were in the process of being eaten.

Curiously for an album apparently made in almost total darkness, it sounds at its best in the sunshine. Like a baby Kevin Shields, Josh Third's guitar weaves undulating waves beneath opener Mirror's Image - this isn't anything, this is a full-on rebirth - the swooning vastness of guitar and vintage organs on Three Decades; I Only Think Of You is the Velvet Underground you can sunbathe to; If we lived in a world where Jesus & Mary Chain once had Top Ten hits, then there's no reason why Who Can Say with its Joe Meek-ian organs and girl-group homage, can't repeat such a thing.

There's barely a bad moment here. You are left more in awe that A: this is The Horrors and B: it stands tall above so many other things. Genuinely, really, very, very good indeed, people. Hell, even an album of the year. --Ian Wade

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fantastic 30 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that, back in 2006, when the Horrors first emerged I was, pardon the pun, horrified. Their old sound was generic and they stank of the style over substance nonsense that the NME had come to adore; nothing but a product of the hype machine. Fast forward to 2009, however, and things are completely different. The "quirky" magazine-friendly image is still there, but this time the band have remembered to write some decent tunes too. They also decided that, rather than copy the bands they idolised, they could take the bits they liked, mix them together with other bits and make something new and exciting. Large elements of Primary Colours sound a bit like other bands, but it's safe to say that none of those bands ever made a sound quite like this. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Division, Siousxie and The Banshess, MBV, Can, Neu!: it's all here, but it's never in doubt that you're listening to any other band. With an array of experimental sounds and plenty of feedback throw in to the equation, it's clear when listening that great care has gone into every track. Each song rewards repeated listens and all of them contain plenty to like beyond the obvious. Credit here surely goes to the production team, who, by all accounts, helped to bring out the best in the band creatively as well as adding their own particular talents to proceedings. That the album shares 4 production credits (one of which being the band themselves) is, I feel, one of the reasons that each track sounds distinctive, and there are many different sounds explored throughout the course of the ten tracks. Because of this, the album sounds great as a whole; something that is sadly lacking with a lot of releases lately. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime 11 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Tis not hype that caused a sizeable proportion of crtics to declare this 'Album of the Year', twas talent. The Horrors have managed to create what the Doves have always tried to - an aural landscape that sucks you in and lets you float in it for forty-five minutes. No two tracks are the same and each one gels into the next perfectly. It takes a lot for a crusty 47 year old grandfather to get excited but this album did it with out any effort what so ever. Buy and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unexpected but brilliant 6 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Happened upon this album by chance and nearly didn't listen to it, remembering their first pretty average goth rock album and the Peaches Geldof association (never a good sign). Well, I doubt that there has ever been a bigger turnaround from first to second album in terms of style and quality. Its definitely a Screamadelica-type line in the sand and the Horrors have created a landmark album.

Overall, Primary Colours is a fantastic album of sonic, hazy soundscapes and great guitar hooks. MBV for the 21st century. Also saw them recently at the Forum and they were great live as well. They can no longer be dismissed as ludicrous goth rockers. Essential listening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Horrors - Primary Colours 11 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Let's all accept that the influences are worn openly on this album whether it be My Bloody Valentine, Can, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division. But this is not a bad thing indeed this is a very good album (in places) although by no means the groundbreaking stunner claimed by music papers like the NME. Indeed we must all hope that this band has time to develop further and is not subject to a Strokes style "raise them up and knock them down" approach. Whatever the case "Primary Colours" is by no means as derivative as the recent White Lies album (which I must admit I mistook for the Editors when I heard some of it on the radio) and contains some really excellent songs

Indie rock of this nature is a well worn path and it is hard to bring originality to the party. To be fair to the Horrors they do at least try. The flaunting of German influences on the last four of minutes of the long single "Sea within a Sea" is an interesting new angle which takes them in directions that go well beyond the average indie guitar riff band. Absolutely stunning stuff and please more of this.

But my nagging doubt remains. When the Horrors try to break out of the usual riffery and experiment on tracks such as "Scarlet Fields" and "Mirrors Image" they howl real potential. Alternatively with other tracks like "I cant control myself" and "Who can say" they could easily pay royalties to Howard Devoto of Magazine or even Robert Smith of the Cure. We have heard this a million times before and in some cases done a lot better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Rarely do I get an album and then play it all the way through several times a day for days on end, which is what I'm doing with The Horrors follow-up album. From start to finish this is a top album. Yes the influences are there for everyone to see, but so what? I like the fact that there's a song which sounds a bit like David Gedge from the Wedding Present singing for My Bloody Valentine (Three Decades) and that the final song (Sea Within A Sea) has a keyboard style influenced by 70's German music. These two tracks are my favourites on the entire album. There are traces of the old Horrors style left, most noticeably on New Ice Age, but the guys should be congratulated for not producing Strange House MKII. Unless someone else comes up with an absolute stormer of a record in the next three months, I can see Primary Colours easily being my album of the year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but I expected more
This is a very good album but I was just very slightly disappointed- after reading rave reviews I expected more
Published 2 days ago by sandy fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A master peice
This is a fantastic album - thats all you need to know. Skying is also awesome as is Strange House
Published 16 months ago by Ke Donn
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
better than first, not as good as last. but if you like bowie etc, probably like this. i really like it so 5*
Published 16 months ago by temperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally unique and fantastic
Before the superb 'Primary Colours' The Horrors were the biggest enigma in music. There was clearly talent there but they wasted it by playing naff Garage Rock and trying too hard... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C22man
2.0 out of 5 stars ONCE UPON A TIME...
...There was a band called The Psychedelic Furs.

They did this first, and best.

The Horrors are fine with what they're doing but if you've heard it all... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by David P. Weber
2.0 out of 5 stars POSH
After a terrible debut album The Horrors returned with this emperors new clothes of an album,a veritable banquet of artistic theft. Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by mister joe
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 * and 1/2
I bought that CD because of all the hype about The Horrors. The NME-approved first CD I didn't try to listen to. I mean, does anybody remember Terris? Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Stan FREDO
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if derivative
Reviewing 2009's Primary Colours is a bit like playing "spot-the-influence". There are a whole lot of influences thrown in here, but I suppose the base material is Interpol... Read more
Published on 30 July 2010 by klaher
5.0 out of 5 stars A sketch from The Mighty Boosh
I downloaded this on a whim just after it came out last year. I am now listening to it for the thirteen millionth time and it is still unfeasably good. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2010 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 cd for 2009
What a nice change to hear something fresh,this band deserve to be as big as the killers,steal this album if you cant afford it!
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by Mr. E. L. Whisson
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