Skying

  • Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Aug 9, 2011
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
Buy On
  1. Aug 29, 2011
    60
    Skying proves a maturing for the band and unveils a new realm of sonic possibilities.
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    60
    On Skying, the group has definitely matured, jettisoning much of the divisiveness that marked its brash origins, but it feels like some of the edginess that first made the Horrors notable might've been discarded with it.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Lots of bands pillage from the pop music canon; few do it with the aplomb of the Horrors.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Aug 20, 2011
    0
    Skipping past the glaring little detail that is the title (Skying) - neither word nor adverb - whatever - artistic license today is obviouslySkipping past the glaring little detail that is the title (Skying) - neither word nor adverb - whatever - artistic license today is obviously running ragged and tired - there's really no reason for The Horrors to exist - a post-punk tribute band so formulaic in style and execution they serve better as decoration. As far as the album is concerned - simply a cacophony of synthesizers fused into some sort of bland ambient goop that could pass off as any of the countless bands attempting the same tired, post-post-punk/ darkwave/ post-new wave â Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2011
    8
    The third album from Badwan and co. finds them continuing the purple patch they hit with primary colours, though mostly abandoning the GeoffThe third album from Badwan and co. finds them continuing the purple patch they hit with primary colours, though mostly abandoning the Geoff Barrow/motorik influences of that album for a self-produced sound akin to a poppier My Bloody Valentine. Swathes of ectastic noise anchored by nimble drumming and simple but effective bass work characterize the record, with Badwan's richer, deeper voice becoming more of an asset every album. Definitely recommended for fans of shoegaze or quality 80s pop- and Simple Minds.....

    Best tracks - Still life, Endless Blue, I Can See Through You.
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  3. May 24, 2013
    0
    Incredibly bland and generic. Every song sounds the same; there is not an original or interesting thought to be found on this record.Incredibly bland and generic. Every song sounds the same; there is not an original or interesting thought to be found on this record. Pretentious rubbish, only suited to Pitchfork employees and the delusional NME writers who are currently desperately trying to flog the appallingly dull Palma Violets. Full Review »