Luminous (The Horrors album)

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The Horrors - Luminous, album front cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 May 2014
The Horrors chronology
Singles from Luminous
  1. "So Now You Know"
    Released: 5 May 2014
  2. "I See You"
    Released: 12 August 2014

Luminous is the fourth studio album by English rock band the Horrors. It was released on 5 May 2014 by record label XL.[1] The album's style has been described as neo-psychedelia,[2] shoegazing[3] and dream pop.[2][4] In 2014 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association,[5] which indicated sales of at least 20,000 copies throughout Europe. [6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[8]
Consequence of SoundB[3]
NME8/10 stars[2]

At Alternative Press, Annie Zaleski rated the album 4 stars, remarking how "Luminous certainly wears its influences proudly; however, the record boasts undeniable energy and urgency".[8] Pitchfork's Ian Cohen said, "They have[…]mastered their sound and vision, and hopefully they can grow to recognize their heart and soul, too",[9] while Heather Phares of AllMusic stated that "Luminous proves the Horrors still have a sense of adventure; they sound comfortable, but not too comfortable to try new things".[4] Consequence of Sound reviewer Kristofer Lenz also praised the album, saying, "Across the board, Luminous represents a solid step forward for the Horrors. With this newly expanded sound and epic scope, they’ve moved beyond their early garage rock and goth influences and are now in conversation with Brit rockers like Muse or Radiohead. While they are still a long way from taking the crown from either of those two, Luminous is a shot across the bow, letting the world know the punks have grown up".[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Chasing Shadows"6:49
2."First Day of Spring"5:11
3."So Now You Know"5:02
4."In and Out of Sight"5:03
5."Jealous Sun"4:10
6."Falling Star"3:43
7."I See You"7:32
8."Change Your Mind"5:07
9."Mine and Yours"3:31


  • The Horrors – production, arrangements, art direction, design
  • Marc Donaldson, Nic Shonfeld – art direction, design
  • Eduardo de la Paz Canal – recording
  • Craig Silvey – co-production, recording, mixing
  • Greg Calbi, Ryan Smith – mastering
  • Nic Shonfeld – photography
  • Cathy Lucas – violin (tracks 5, 6 and 7)
  • Frank Ricotti – marimba, vibraphone (track 6)


  1. ^ "DIY". DIY. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Album Review: The Horrors - Luminous". NME. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Lenz, Kristofer. "NME Album Reviews: The Horrors - Luminous". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Phares, Heather (2014). "The Horrors – Luminous". Allmusic.
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  7. ^ "Luminous - The Horrors - Critic Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b Zaleski, Annie (2014). "The Horrors – Luminous". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 2014 (311): 107. ISSN 1065-1667. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (2014). "The Horrors – Luminous". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 May 2014.

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