KEY RELEASES: Major singles and albums released this week with reviews

The Horrors


Since mixed reviews for their 2007 debut Strange House, the Horrors' track record has been faultless, with their Krautrock-esque follow-up Primary Colours nominated for a Mercury Award.

Skying builds on the band's previous work, displaying hints of psychedelia and channeling Eighties electronica in a way which feels fresh, progressive and interesting. The mellotron-drenched groove of opener Changing The Rain moves into the gentle wobbling pop grooves of tracks such as Endless Blue and She Said.

Nothing is rushed, with tracks given the space to fully develop and the album's centre piece - the eight-minute long Moving Further Away - perfectly encapsulating The Horrors' new direction thanks to its phased shaker and synth riff and Neu-esque momentum.

Reviews so far have been strong, with Q, NME, Downed In Sound and Uncut all rating it highly. This will hopefully see the band moving ever closer to mainstream success.



Alex Clare
The Lateness Of The Hour (Island)

The Independent review +

Alkaline Trio Damnesia (Hassle)

Basement Jaxx Vs. Metropole Orkest Basement Jaxx Vs. Metropole Orkest (Atlantic Jaxx)

The Telegraph review****

Chad VanGaalen Diaper Island (Sub Pop)

NME review***1/2,

Colbie Caillat, All Of You (Universal Republic)

Enter Shikari Live From Planet Earth (Ambush Reality)

George Thorogood & The Destroyers 2120 Michigan Avenue (EMI Catalogue)

Buffalo News review

Her Majesty & The Wolves 111 (Chime/Faux/PIAS)

The Observer review**

Incubus If Not Now, When (Columbia)

Japanese Voyeurs Yolk (Polydor)

Markus Schulz presents Dakota Thoughts Become Things 2 (Armada)

Ricky Martin 17: Greatest Hits (RCA)

Sunrise Avenue Out Of Style (Island)

Tes La Rok Them (Noppa)

The Horrors Skying (XL)

The Guardian review****

Theory Of A Deadman The Truth Is... (Roadrunner)

UFO The Chrysalis Years Vol 1 (EMI Catalogue)

Washed Out Within And Without (Weird World)

The Guardian review****

Zomby Dedication (4AD)

Music Week Review. The Observer review****


Alex Clare - Treading Water (Island)

All The Young - Live From King Tuts EP (Midlands Calling/Warner)

Beady Eye - The Beat Goes On (Beady Eye)

Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than The Sun (Universal Republic)

David Guetta feat.Taio Cruz & Ludacris - Little Bad Girl (Positiva/Virgin)

Delta Maid - Spend A Little Time (Geffen/Future)

Dry The River - No Rest (RCA)

Get People - Rain Tears EP (Friends vs Records)

Givers - Up Up Up (Glassnote/Island)

Incubus -Promises, Promises (Columbia)

J Cole - Work Out (RCA)

The Joy Formidable - A Heavy Abacus (Canvasback/Atlantic)

Kyla La Grange - Been Better (Chess Club)

Miles Kane - Inhaler (Columbia)

Nicola Roberts - Beat Of My Drum (A&M)

The Overtones - Gambling Man - Electric Allstars Mix (Rhino)

Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill (Mom & Pop/Columbia)

Steven Tyler - It Feels So Good (Columbia)

Sunrise Avenue - Hollywood Hills (Island)

Teddy Thompson - Delilah (Verve Forecast/UMTV)

Tribes - Sappho (Island)

Twin Atlantic - Time For You To Stand Up (Red Bull)

The Wanted - Glad You Came (Island)

Yacht - Utopia (DFA)

Yuck - Shook Down (Mercury/Pharmacy)


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