Primary Colours

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    If The Horrors began as a Halloween novelty, Primary Colours is like a twisted ending right out of the Twilight Zone--a hype beast that turned out to be a real monster.
  2. The Horrors instead set out to redefine the band and its purpose, their second album an exciting result.
  3. Primary Colours is a reminder that young British bands can actually progress to brilliant new heights, and perhaps, just perhaps, the occasional surprise in these media saturated times isn’t as endangered a beast as previously thought.
  4. If there's a more surprising album this year, we'll be, er, um, surprised; Primary Colours is one of the best albums of 2009 so far.
  5. Time will tell how Primary Colours stands up to the likes of "Loveless" or "Psychocandy," but right now, this feels like the British art-rock album we’ve all been waiting for.
  6. The Horrors have gone from terrifying to haunting, an effect that lingers far longer.
  7. Even at their most ordinary, they now sound like the Psychedelic Furs featuring Kevin Shields, which is no bad thing. But the biggest surprise, given their prior commitment to brevity, is how fully they inhabit the longer songs.
  8. Like the rest of Primary Colours, this is the sound of a band finding themselves out of favor and having to really strive for greatness. The Horrors will still have a hard time winning over new converts, but they’ve done a magnificent job of confounding expectations with this release.
  9. While it'd be ridiculously premature to cast The Horrors as the future of anything, this is a bold and often brilliant step in that direction.
  10. Mojo
    80
    The Horrors are operating at a way more advanced level, dragging rock, feedback-drenched, electronic and electrifying, into a new decade. [Jun 2009, p.101]
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    It seems they've raised their game in hallucinogenic style. [Jun 2009, p.135]
  12. Uncut
    80
    The quintet's transformation from schlocky garage urchins to ambassadors of thrilling new-wave can largely be attributed to Portishead's Geoff Barrow, who, alongside Chris Cunningham, produced "Primary Colours," uncovering a formidable band beneath the haircuts. [Jun 2009, p.86]
  13. The Horrors' shoegazer makeover aside, the real story here is Badwan's growing confidence as a singer, and his willingness to sound more scared than scary. Primary Colours loses its radiance when he reverts back to bogeyman type.
  14. The pure emotion and aggressiveness isn’t suppressed or transformed into something else, but rather just given room for some thought, allowed to open itself up and find the strange flowers within.
  15. As bold and listenable as it is, Primary Colours is occasionally scattered, giving the impression that the band is trying on different sounds for size--although the fact that most of it works so well is actually more surprising than how different it is than their earlier work.
  16. Under The Radar
    70
    Primary Colours doesn't hit its stride until the very end, however, with the title track and the 'Sea Within A Sea,' where at times it feels like there is no sight of land. [Summer 2009, p.66]
  17. Against all odds, and for no earthly reason at all, these London goth-punk fashion plates suddenly sound as demented and hungry as they look.
  18. 60
    The result boasts an admirably moody menace, but lacks the debut's darkly comic drive.
  19. At times exhausting, at other times exhilarating, Primary Colours is more an experience than an album and, despite its flaws, one that deserves to be heard.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. JoeS
    May 15, 2009
    7
    This is a very good album, and there's no denying they have made a large progression with this release. Still, I miss the sound of This is a very good album, and there's no denying they have made a large progression with this release. Still, I miss the sound of Strange House. It was just so much fun. I almost feel like they have given up a part of their identity by letting go of the organ. It's like Jethro Tull without the flute, you know? Overall this is a solid album, but it wasn't quite "horrific" enough for me. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    A huge step up from their debut album. In this album The Horrors have ditched their gimmicky "horror" punk style in favour of a more matureA huge step up from their debut album. In this album The Horrors have ditched their gimmicky "horror" punk style in favour of a more mature post-punk/shoegaze sound. Best songs on the album are "scarlet fields", "mirror's image" and "sea within a sea". Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    8
    This album is so much fun to listen to! They sound like a cross between Joy Division and The Cure. I love this album. So far, one of myThis album is so much fun to listen to! They sound like a cross between Joy Division and The Cure. I love this album. So far, one of my definite favorites of the year. Full Review »