The Horrors are not as bad as the band name suggests. On the contrary, "Luminous", the fourth album of the Londoners, is clearly friendlier, more lively, clearer - in a word: more positive - than its predecessors. This has advantages and disadvantages. The album always reveals weaknesses when the songs are too much geared to the dance floor ("So Know You Know", "In And Out Of Sight") or even sound like 80s production. The quintet, however, usually knows how to underlay their constantly forward driving grooves with all kinds of weird sounds. It can get really rough like in "Jealous Sun". Subliminal psychedelic it will be in "Chasing Shadows", while "First Day Of Spring" and "I See You" contain a pinch of spacer rock. The final "Sleepwalk" - nomen est omen - is sluggish but irresistible. Characteristic for The Horrors are the full arrangements. There's no messing up here, there's jamming up here. Above all drums and synths can let off steam to their heart's content here.
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