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Not a Horror!Not A Classic
on 10 November 2007
I always think that people are over generous with the star rating they give albums on this site! The Horrors album 'strange house' is by no means a classic! What it is however is 12 tracks of 60's garage psych, with a bit of Cramps and Birthday party thrown in for good measure. By no means oringal in its sound, what the horrors do offer however is a break from the everyday Indie band that's around now. It shows allot of b*llocks for a groups of young lads, which in its self deserves respect!
As far as the stand out tracks on the album go, they are 'Count in Fives' an obvious tribute to the 60's band Count Five. 'Gloves' possibly one of the best tracks of the year, a guitar riff that will cure a hangover and amazing Hammond organ by Spider! Excellent Choice (a tribute to the gift by velvet underground) and Death at the Chapel, which is possible as good as Gloves! It does contain a few duffers, the instrumental 'a train roars' is obviously to make up album time and 'thunderclaps' is a bit of filler!
The rest of the album grows you with every listen, tracks such as 'Sheeha is a parasite' She is the new thing' 'Little Victories', are t obviously stand out tracks, but the more you listen the more you'll realise that the lads are a talented group.
If you know your 60's garage bands, you'll know the horrors have been a bit check in ripping off a few obscure tracks!! The Horrors have got allot of potential, 'Strange House' could be the start of something good, or just another flash in the pan. If you wanna know what music played at 100 miles an hour, rammed full of Hammond organ, thunderous riffs and bizarre lyrics sounds like when played by a load of rich kids of Southend.... buy it... its good! If you like this try the 80's Matchbox and Black Wire!