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The Horrors


Fifth studio album from the goth rock five-piece, produced by Paul Epworth (U2, Coldplay, Adele)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Against the odds, the Horrors’ fifth album is their best yet, with Faris Badwan’s commanding, world-weary vocals adding to the synthesised thrills and sparkling guitar-pop
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  2. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    It’s an album that confirms them as one of the most consistently surprising, most artistically sophisticated, simply greatest rock bands working today
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    Perfecting every element they did so well on their four previous records, ‘V’ is a pure and unadulterated celebration of The Horrors
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Nothing short of a triumph
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Horrors are hardly new to making brilliant albums - they did that with their previous three - but V is better than them all
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  6. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    V could very well be the album that pushes The Horrors to the next echelon, something the group has already accomplished in its native U.K. with its last two albums breaking the top 10 charts
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Their most cohesive album yet
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    Not everything on V works - "Weighed Down" and "Gathering" lack the focus of the album's highlights - but the songs that do are some of the Horrors' most exciting yet
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  9. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Has all of the crystal-clear engineering of a pop record, but The Horrors at least want to make something exciting
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Horrors have got their mojo back
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The overall result is a thrilling sequence of magpie approaches delivered with due acknowledgement and respect
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  12. 8.0 |   The Independent

    It’s playful and elaborate
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    The Horrors are onto a winner with their bolshy fifth album
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  14. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    What’s new is emotional undertow and the sense of bigness
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  15. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Feels like a consolidation of all of the strengths that The Horrors have built up over the last ten years, tightly bundled and perfectly accessible without sacrificing any of their artistic integrity
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    Clangorous industrial synths backed up with ferocious rock attitude
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  17. 8.0 |   Q

    V feels bigger than its predecessors. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Delivers some of the most thrilling, most substantial pop you’ll hear all year
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  19. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An audacious vault into Depeche Mode and U2 territory. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    Five albums in and The Horrors have obviously found a new lease of life. This ‘V’ is for victorious
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  21. 8.0 |   Punk News

    The Horrors’ ever evolving palette is an invigorating ride to be on
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  22. 7.5 |   Gig Soup

    A sign of The Horrors‘ continuous evolution, and it does not disappoint
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  23. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Horrors retool their formula for retro-leaning, riff-laden arena rock in an attempt to reconnect with the “unsettling” spirit of their garage-rock roots
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  24. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Horrors continue to evolve toward a more structured electro-rock outfit
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  25. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Whilst many of the songs could easily have been shortened into more accessible pop hits, their commitment to slowly building each song might just be what makes The Horrors still so enigmatic five albums in
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  26. 6.0 |   State

    V sees The Horrors in limbo still
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  27. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Lumbering opener ‘Hologram’ sets the tone, and its murky, repetitive beds of synth form the basis of much of the record
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