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There was a time when The Horrors lived up, or down, to their schlocky name, cranking out fright-fest punk riffs and ransacking their Southend-on-Sea home town for hairspray like an end-of-pier Cramps tribute act.

But album number four continues their transformation into a more serious proposition, from the vintage krautrock pulse of “So Now You Know” to the less flaky version of My Bloody Valentine that they resemble on “Jealous Sun”.

Singer Faris Badwan is from the Ian Brown/Bobby Gillespie school of limp vocalists; his drone suits the music oddly well, a passive element carried along by its surging rhythms.

The Horrors

Luminous

(XL Recording)

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