Strange House

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. The band bolster their indie credentials by touching on everything from Joe Meek (Thunderclaps) to the B-52s (She Is the New Thing) and the Fall (Excellent Choice).
  2. Herein lies the beauty of this band: geeky record collectors they may be, but they're quick to impose their feral energy and fierce individuality on proceedings.
  3. Better then anyone could have hoped.
  4. Although packed full of nerdy Sixties tributes and Spider Webb's dizzying antique organ sound, it's not stuck too far in the past.
  5. Uncut
    80
    It's complex, uncompromising stuff. [Apr 2007, p.106]
  6. As fun and full-on as it gets right now.
  7. Mojo
    80
    Connoisseurs of punk's darker corners and post-punk's experimental extremes will have their socks rocked off, totally. [Apr 2007, p.108]
  8. It's a surprise that it delivers on more than just shock value.
  9. Cool cover or not, 'Strange House' is a strong debut from a band who, many sceptics believed, were at their best in front of a camera rather than behind instruments.
  10. Their brilliance lies in writing the crassest, most obvious, lowbrow hooks.
  11. Strange House is actually an intriguingly intelligent debut.
  12. Urb
    70
    An undeniably good record. [May 2007, p.95]
  13. Alternative Press
    70
    What the Horrors do, they do well. [Jun 2007, p.148]
  14. Despite the occasional misfire and the sometimes overcooked lyrics... this a lean, aggressive and assured debut.
  15. While their particular brand of retro goth garage is obviously built on an extremely derivative foundation of 60s garage, the Cramps, and the Damned, they're infinitely more interesting in practice than the majority of beige-rock being pushed by the UK music press.
  16. Filter
    64
    If only there were tunes to back up the sounds, styles and references. [#25, p.92]
  17. After eleven songs, the band’s inability to stretch their sound starts to take its toll.
  18. Under The Radar
    60
    The Horrors make some thrilling music on Strange House. [Summer 2007, p.80]
  19. They don't get what their industrial-punk forbears like the Cramps, the Birthday Party, Ministry and NIN knew: It takes soul to be weird.
  20. Spin
    50
    The Horrors are too shackled by kitsch to scare life into such creaky punk posturing. [Jun 2007, p.94]
  21. Q Magazine
    40
    Strip away the Victorian undertaker drag, and Strange House is disappointingly insubstantial. [Apr 2007, p.116]
  22. The Horrors aren’t horrifying and Strange House is nowhere near strange enough.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. JonnyW.
    Feb 11, 2008
    10
    A terrifyingly brilliant album from on of my new favourite bands ,who would have thought the organ ,big hair,more style than well anyone , A terrifyingly brilliant album from on of my new favourite bands ,who would have thought the organ ,big hair,more style than well anyone , and a hell of a lot of screaming could mix together to make make a masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. AmurabiM.
    Oct 27, 2007
    7
    A gorgeous and strange blend of punk, surf and gothic organs, "Strange House" is an album that makes us discover a whole genre: the indie A gorgeous and strange blend of punk, surf and gothic organs, "Strange House" is an album that makes us discover a whole genre: the indie goth. Of course, that gothic music is not new but with this album, this guys introduce us to this genre with a contemporary touch. With the spooky organ and a great camp humor, The Horrors get a good debut. But makes us think: Is this the triumph of style over substance? Let´s check the sophomore album. Full Review »
  3. seand
    Jul 29, 2007
    7
    not bad but a little boring and retro mining 60s nuggets bands