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"A glittering jewel that you never had."
on 2 October 2016
At the end of 2011, I became aware of this album because it featured in several 'best album of the year' polls. I was surprised that 'The Horrors' had made an album that was so highly regarded by the music press, as I was less than impressed by their initial efforts & dismissed them as talentless Goth wannabes. Curious to know what all the fuss was about, I decided to buy this album & when I listened to it, I was amazed at just how good it was. They had created an album that borrowed freely from pop's past - as most great pop & rock music does - yet still managed to make it sound fresh & exciting. Though lead singer, Faris Badwan's murmured vocals make it difficult to glean meaning from the songs, it is still a joy to listen to, nonetheless.
1. Changing The Rain - To my ears this sounds like something Primal Scream could have sang in their heyday. Psychedelic revival.
2. You Said - "...You've got to give me love / you've got to give me more..." Possibly about a dying relationship, the music is glorious.
3. I Can See Through You - An exhilarating sonic, euphoric adventure!
4. Endless Blue - If I had to pick a favourite then this would be it. It starts with a floating, dreamy intro with horns before abruptly changing into a driving rock attack of guitar & drums. If you're into a bit of air guitar, then this is for you.
5. Dive In - A song about a girl committing suicide?.. Whatever, it has a great shuffling beat & a thrilling, driving chorus.
6. Still Life - "...When you wake up you will find me..." A spiritual awakening? Perhaps someone waiting for the person whom they love to share their feelings? Whatever its meaning, it is a lovely song with some great keyboards.
7. Wild Eyed - "...I know all your secrets / I know all your lies..." A mellower track than most of the album.
8. Moving Further Away - A fantastic song, propelled by a great synth line & a simple, three word chorus. It may well be the catchiest song on the album.
9. Monica Gems - Not amongst my favourite songs, it does sound an awful lot like Suede.
10. Oceans Burning - Possibly the album's weakest track but that's no disgrace considering the quality of most of the songs. I just think it goes on way too long, in a rather discordant, tuneless fashion.
So, if you haven't already bought it, I urge you to do so. I never tire of listening to it. I would also recommend their follow up album, 'Luminous.' It's not quite as strong as 'Skying' but it's still worth a listen.