The Horrors, an English band from the very Westeros-sounding Southend on Sea, debuted in 2007 with a screechy single "Sheena is a Parasite" that seemed poised to define them as a band. They have a name that wouldn't feel out of place at a Fangoria convention, an aggressive howl of a lead single, and a video helmed by nightmare-inducing auteur Chris Cunningham that seemed to co-star the face-hugger from the Alien films. My how things have changed. On their third album (their first since 2009's haunting, Geoff Barrow-produced Primary Colours), the band has changed completely, casting off the dusty, neo-gothic shroud and embracing a dreamy, widescreen pop sheen. The tone is set quickly on Skying, with album opener "Changing the Rain" featuring a soulful chorus and a lazy, jazzy beat. On "I Can See Through You," a subtle psychedelic rock component is introduced, perfect for smoky summer barbeques, elsewhere (on "Endless Blue") yacht-rock horns pop up, and "Moving Further Away" is a singalong joy. The album as a whole is stunning and gorgeous but never too neatly manicured. They may have left the darkness behind them, but the Horrors still have bite.
CD of the Week: The Horrors' 'Skying'
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.