The Edge’s Top Albums of 2011: #5

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The Horrors — Skying

Released 11th July 2011, XL Recordings

Number 5 on The Edge‘s Top Albums of 2011 list is the third studio album by English post-punk band The Horrors, Skying. Released in July, the album peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart.

Statistics:

  • Included in the top-ten lists of 19% of contributors
  • Of those, 60% ranked the album in their top three
  • Ranked the album of the year by one contributor

Review by Chris Dibsdall, writer (ranked the album #2):

I still find it odd that these formerly over-hyped horror-indie scenesters have turned, in fairly large bounds, into purveyors of some of the lushest retro synth-rock around today. Where Primary Colours recalled the best of Joy Division and Krautrock, Skying stands as a stunning love letter to the best of early 80s synth-tinged neo-psychedelia, with acts like The Cure, Simple Minds and, most strikingly for me, Echo and the Bunnymen echoing in its capacious, often grandiose arrangements. Everything from the staggeringly gorgeous ‘Still Life’ to the pop march of ‘I Can See Through You’ speaks of a band bristling with new ideas for the future, but always with an eye on the past. In short, though, this album is just tremendous fun.

Other accolades:

  • Ranked #2 on Mojo magazine’s “Top 50 Albums of 2011” list
  • Ranked #2 on Clash magazine’s “The Top 40 Albums of 2011” list
  • Ranked #3 on NME‘s “50 Best Albums of 2011” list

The Horrors — ‘Still Life’:

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