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Skying

August 9, 2011

$9.49
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Changing The Rain
4:31
2
You Said
4:46
3
I Can See Through You
4:17
4
Endless Blue
5:10
5
Dive In
4:51
6
Still Life
5:21
7
Wild Eyed
4:04
8
Moving Further Away
8:34
9
Monica Gems
4:28
10
Oceans Burning
7:49

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2011 XL Recordings Ltd.
  • Total Length: 53:51
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  • ASIN: B005CLT86E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,406 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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And quite honestly, I don't think the singer is very good.
Rich Latta
The Horror's latest album is a delight, full of 80's synths and modern electronics, drenched in guitars and post punk attitude.
Storylover
My biggest gripe with this band is not the music itself but all the hype that has been built around such a mediocre band.
Justin Pruitt

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Horror's latest album is a delight, full of 80's synths and modern electronics, drenched in guitars and post punk attitude. The vocals are reminiscent of some of the best of the 80's--Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds; Faris Badwan sings with a slightly husky baritone dripping with "cooler than thou" attitude. And you know what? It's not posing if you can back it up. This is simply a cool album--melodic without being overly poppy, mysterious without being precious, wondrous without being ridiculously overproduced. I'm not sure how they arrived in this particular direction, with My Bloody Valentine, New Order (a la Love Vigilantes) and Psychedelic Furs mixed up into a New Romantic Post Punk Indie magic record, but I'm glad they did. I like this record a lot, and will be recommending it unreservedly to fans of any of the above groups, as well as folks who like Interpol, Echo and the Bunnymen, and similar groups. Check it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Lee Flowerdew on August 9, 2011
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I had a feeling I needed this album the very morning it was released.

I just finished listening to Skying for the first time and I love it. It's as though the promise of The Horror's previous album, Primary Colours, has been delivered. Primary Colours was initially a difficult album for me to get into because it was such a departure from the raw in-your-face, we-don't-care-what-you-think punk attitude of Strange House, their debut album. Primary Colours wasn't a bad album at all- quite good actually- it was just unexpected. I was momentarily hampered by my own expectations of what The Horrors sound like, so I didn't expect The Horrors to produce something so polished, so mature.

Skying continues this high level of production and it's a force to be recognized. It starts out dreamy but with a progressive pace and seamlessly flows through each new song, spinning a hypnotic halcyon aural tale from beginning to end. Reminiscent of good English rock from the 80s when Britannia ruled the FM airwaves and MTV, Skying not only delivers but brings me to a very happy, serene place.

Expect this album to end up on many "Best of 2011" lists at the end of the year.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It was John Peel who once complained about too many "white boys with guitars" in indie music and it has to be said that this pointed taunt could have been accurately aimed at the Horrors whose claim to fame was largely being the best set of Goth haircuts on offer and little else. As such it was refreshing to hear the massive step change that was their last album "Primary Colours" which saw them cut loose and prove that the style did not have to triumph over the substance, They picked up influences from German bands like Can and Neu and turned out big songs not least the epic "Sea within a sea". That said while "Primary Colours" was a really good album it still had "issues" as the band struggled to find its true identity with songs like "I can't control myself" actually sounding like a bunch of Suede impersonators on Karaoke night. The logical step for the band was therefore to deepen further the themes of "Sea within a sea" and produce a more darkly inspired album of 80s style synth pop with hooks big enough to catch a whale and with cool panache to spare. Indeed they do this so successfully that on the third track on this new album "I can see through you starts" you expect Phil Oakley from the Human League to sing out just before it mutates into something altogether more sinister.

There is little doubt that some of the more purist Horrors fans may recoil and find this album a tad to commercial. "Endless Blue" for example is all lovely slabs of almost Miles Davis trumpet sounding synths until mid way through it breaks into a huge guitar riff not heard since Jesus and Mary Chain ruled the earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Estabrooks on January 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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I will be the first to admit that I pretty much hated the debut album from The Horrors. It felt extremely mediocre to me, noise for the sake of noise and ultimately, nothing interesting to be found. Much to my surprise, they grew exponentially and have shaped their best album to date, "Skying".

They wear their influences on their sleeves, for sure, but they mold them into something new and adventurous. They deftly hop from genre on each track, showing a certain skill of taking a format and turning it inside out. They exhibit patience and a glowing trust in their material which allows them to get creative with the sounds.

Phase induced shakers, arpeggiated synths, fuzzed out guitar tones, droning vocals and atmospheric pads are all here to be found. They take you to the sky and they take you back down to the outer regions of a stadium, but never too fast and definitely never too slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Holmes on July 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Thanks to NPR's All Songs Considered, I caught a live version of The Horrors' "Changing the Rain" on the show's recap of the 2011 All Tomorrow's Parties festival ([...]), and I really liked what I heard. Got the album and, ... Wow! I've since listened to earlier Horrors albums, and while they are of some interest, Skying is the best. Very very good. Get it! You'll like it!
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