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Strange House - The Horrors

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Modern Punk / Artist: The Horrors / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2007-05-14 at Stolen Transmission

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      22.07.2011 22:55
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      Great punk album.

      In retrospect, listening to this album compared to the other two Horrors album makes this sound completely pantomime and novice, but listen more closely and there's far more to it.

      Kicking off with a dirgey and slow rendition of The Gruesomes' version of Screaming Lord Sutch's 60s track 'Jack The Ripper', yelps and wails draw in a feeling of...well, horror. Moving on to single 'Count In Fives', there is a clear melody throughout this song, and the organs and guitars in particular show the band to be more than competent in their playing, so any people who rubbish this in light of newer albums were sorely mistaken.

      Moving further through the album, passing the original deal clencher 'Sheena Is A Parasite', there is a more slow turn to the album which is highlighted with tracks such as 'A Train Roars' and 'Gil Sleeping' which truly let the music do the talking.

      Looking at the album artwork after listening, the image captures the sound perfectly, and not vice-versa. The band clearly are influenced by the music they make but they are anything other than false in their tastes and intentions. The album inlay shows scrawls and drawings that Badwan has done himself, which help the listener really understand what their game is. Looking back five years on from this album, and it seems this is a bit of a forgotten classic.

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      15.05.2009 20:48
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      Reasonable garage act

      The Horrors debut album was a nice blend of new wave, kitsch, garage and dance. The outcome was quite quirky and sounded reminiscent of bands like The Cramp. The subject matter as well as the band's overall style is of a dark nature but the type that you know is done completely for effect and is thefore as frightening as a halloween fancy dress party.

      Strange House was a good album, I suppose I lost interest in it a bit after its initial release so it definitely won't be remembered as a classic but it does show some potential and breathed a bit of life in to a relatively dull year in the Uk music scene.

      The band's cover of Screamin' Lord Sutch's Jack The Ripper is far superior to that of The White Stripes and there are a few tracks on this album that deserve a lot more attention - for me these are: Count in Fives, She Is The New Thing and Sheena Is A Parasite. She is the New Thing is definitely my favourite track of the album as the vocalist completely nails it with a burst of madness that has hints of Syd Barrett, Johnny Rotten and even Hugh Cornwell.

      The band don't quite fit into either category of mainstream or underground as they are somewhere in between but this album is pretty good with a very individual outcome.

      The Southend band have failed to come up with something as good as this, so far in my view.

      1 Jack the Ripper
      2 Count in Fives
      3 Draw Japan
      4 Gloves
      5 Horrors' Theme
      6 Little Victories
      7 She Is the New Thing
      8 Sheena Is a Parasite
      9 Thunderclaps
      10 Gil Sleeping
      11 Train Roars
      12 Count in Fives [CD-ROM Track]
      13 Gloves [CD-ROM Track]

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Jack the Ripper
      2 Count in Fives
      3 Draw Japan
      4 Gloves
      5 Horrors' Theme
      6 Little Victories
      7 She Is the New Thing
      8 Sheena Is a Parasite
      9 Thunderclaps
      10 Gil Sleeping
      11 Train Roars
      12 Count in Fives [CD-ROM Track]
      13 Gloves [CD-ROM Track]