Review: This Oxford-hailing troupe made considerable global headway with 'Zaba', their debut album of two years ago, yet that record's sumptuous tropicalia now appears little more than a precursor to this still more ambitious and far-reaching record, which rather than venturing into unchartered territory twists the everyday to its own designs. Amidst this heat-haze of colourful musical invention and elasticated groove, singer David Bayley excels in essaying vivid lyrical insights and warped character studies, resulting in slick yet eccentric soundscapes as likely to appeal to fans of the no-limits showmanship of Kanye West as the genteel indie of Wild Beasts.
Review: It's refreshing to hear Faris Badwan and co. return to form with their appropriately titled fifth album. 'V' is supercharged with electronic fuzz and an anthemic rock swagger that has expanded The Horrors' sound to euphoric arena level. However, there are moments where they show signs of playing with the dark and disturbed writing that brought them fame a decade ago. This balancing act coupled with the band's reliance on electronics works in their favour, the end product being an exciting record by a band who sound bigger and bolder than ever.