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The Horrors – Primary Colours

Expecting a good Horrors album would be a bit like expecting a piece of quality investigative journalism in the Daily Mail, or a 48 page finance news pullout in the Morning Star. As far as I was concerned they were a total write-off, a one-dimensional cartoon punk mess of a band. Yet somehow they seem to have risen up as the indie equivalent of Peter Crouch – after spending so long slagging them off, I’m going to have to accept that they might really have something after all.

Primary Colours is an urgent, visceral album, with its influences taken from krautrock, shoegaze and the darker edges of late 70s/early 80s post punk, along with a billion other things that I’m nowhere near well-listened enough to have heard of. There’s plenty of melody and colour in there too, where other bands have borrowed from the same sources and come up with nothing but gloom.

Trouble is, this now raises the bar as far as musical surprises go. Susan Boyle recorded by Steve Albini, anyone? Make it happen!

8/10

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24/04/2009 - Posted by | Music, Reviews

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