Luminous

  • Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: May 6, 2014
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
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  1. May 5, 2014
    100
    The Horrors go several steps further. Fragments of the group's past link together and the future illuminates in unison. Luminous is the album they've been destined to make.
  2. May 2, 2014
    100
    Luminous, all told, is a sure-fire summer soundtrack from a band who are far more cerebral than they’d have you believe.
  3. 90
    Whereas the sound of Skying suffered at times due to a muggy recording, Luminous is given a full pop sheen, an approach that’s resulted in a much wider sound.
  4. May 2, 2014
    90
    Luminous is a tremendously dense record, but one that manages to find ample breathing space for each of its studio takes.
  5. May 1, 2014
    90
    Luminous marks another fitting addition to The Horrors' increasingly untouchable catalogue.
  6. May 2, 2014
    85
    While these forays into uncharted territory are wonderful, it's when they stay closer to the "Still Life" template that Luminous really shines.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 20, 2014
    80
    It's genuinely exciting to think where The Horrors might go from here. [Jun 2014, p.105]
  8. May 8, 2014
    80
    Luminous is a great record, but it's an awkward bugger at times, and I suspect that in the long run the album will prove all the more rewarding for just that reason.
  9. Alternative Press
    May 6, 2014
    80
    Luminous certainly wears its influences proudly; however, the record boasts undeniable energy and urgency. [Jun 2014, p.107]
  10. Almost every part of it sounds sublime.
  11. May 5, 2014
    80
    Luminous proves the Horrors still have a sense of adventure; they sound comfortable, but not too comfortable to try new things.
  12. May 1, 2014
    80
    The Horrors may need to shake up their sound more radically next time, but Luminous still sounds light years ahead of the current guitar-band pack.
  13. May 1, 2014
    80
    Throughout, they’ve remained a surprising and, more importantly, single-minded unit.
  14. May 1, 2014
    80
    After a while the tripped-out builds can feel formulaic, but the mind-altering textures and melodic flourishes are so gorgeously realized that Luminous’s feel-good charms become hard to resist.
  15. Magnet
    May 19, 2014
    75
    The Horrors seem to have found themselves yet another niche writing the sorts of delectable psychedelic pop jams that are destined to see them crowd festival stages for decades to come. [No. 109, p.57]
  16. 75
    For the most part, though, it’s a bloody great collection of songs. The Horrors do have a masterpiece inside them, and with each release it’s bubbling closer to the surface.
  17. 75
    Luminous is a shot across the bow, letting the world know the punks have grown up.
  18. 70
    Possibly, some will leave Luminous disappointed that The Horrors haven’t pulled off another quantum leap, but by slowing down and bedding into their sound, they’ve made a record that feels both studied and instinctual, elevated and elemental, and that’s no mean feat.
  19. May 7, 2014
    70
    As close as Luminous comes to being an excellent release, there remains something about it that is unembraceable.
  20. Uncut
    May 1, 2014
    70
    The album's highlight comes when "I See You" wiggles free of its '90s indie-disco mooring and shoots at the moon; Luminous could have done with a few more of those moments. [Jun 2014, p.78]
  21. May 6, 2014
    67
    As with Skying, it’s a high compliment to say Luminous is a giant bowl of assorted, premium ear candy, and it’s about as nourishing, which maybe is the point.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. May 6, 2014
    3
    As a fan of this bands output since 2006 I have to say that their most recent output is conservative and dull at best and mind numbinglyAs a fan of this bands output since 2006 I have to say that their most recent output is conservative and dull at best and mind numbingly overrated at worst. We get it - the psych thing is hot right now and you can do it. Move one now. What happened to the punk aggression and suave English energy? 'Luminous' finds a track and sticks to it for 10 tracks that all sound exactly the same. Worse thank 'Skying' (which was mildly interesting) this band should either find a new groove or give up. Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2014
    8
    Even if the new horror's album is not their best and bring nothing new, unlike Primary Colours or skying, it is a great album. It won't changeEven if the new horror's album is not their best and bring nothing new, unlike Primary Colours or skying, it is a great album. It won't change music but it will be a pleasure to listen to it.
    buy it ? Only if you are a Horrors's fan, otherwise listen to it online before buying it.
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  3. May 6, 2014
    1
    WTF happened to The Horrors??? This is the worst crap I've heard since people were raving about Washed Out's Paracosm! ENOUGH WITH THEWTF happened to The Horrors??? This is the worst crap I've heard since people were raving about Washed Out's Paracosm! ENOUGH WITH THE PSYCHEDELIC STUFF ALREADY!!!! ITS ALL SOUNDS THE F****NG SAME!?! It's like Zoolander's pose that everyone loves - it's all the same!!! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here!? Full Review »