(Posted: Apr 17, 2007)
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Predictably, Elizabeth Goodman gets it wrong. Yes, the Horrors are young, but Goodman mistakes attitude as a substitute for emotional resonance, when in actuality it's an extension of the band's confidence. More than most contemporary bands, the Horrors are living the scene, the music they love and the shared thrill of musicians interacting with their audience. The Horrors revel in all of these things, and what Goodman hears as "same-y-sounding organ-and-serrated-guitar jams" are each fantastic examples of what happens when the worlds of intellectual music nerds and amphetamine-fuelled sex in a bathroom stall collide.
Instrumental "Gil Sleeping" is a bit of a drag, I'll admit. I had a friend buy the album for me while over in England a few months ago, and my copy has a version of "Excellent Choice" (from the band's US debut EP) rather than "Horrors Theme", but I think both tracks are terrific.
But as with almost everything Goodman posts on RollingStone.com, it was more about listing other bands she likes than it as about the Horrors anyway.
May 25, 2007 13:07:45