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Back Room

EditorsAudio CD
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Formed in 2003, Editors became one of the leading bands in the post-punk revival that swept America and England in the early 21st century. Originally dubbed Snowfield, the group comprised four music technology students from Stafford University -- singer/guitarist Tom Smith, lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, bassist Russell Leetch, and drummer Ed Lay -- all of whom had relocated to Birmingham ... Read more in Amazon's Editors Store

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fader Label
  • ASIN: B000EDWL82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. lights
2. munich
3. blood
4. fall
5. all sparks
6. camera
7. fingers in the factories
8. bullets
9. someone says
10. open your arms
11. distance

Editorial Reviews

Sure, The Editors are a bit dour, what with songs like "Blood" and "Bullets" and "Fall" sporting baleful themes. And the oft-noted similarity between them and Interpol will be apparent to listeners on the near-instant basis of the bands' singers, who share a bellowy, stentorian voice, which means, really, that both are fond of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. The Editors, in fact, come closer to Joy Division (geographically they're nearly kin, being from Manchester). Deploying an instrumental color palette of their dark early-80s predecessors, The Editors win with chiming guitar work--as on "Someone Says," which shifts rhythms a la Interpol even while sounding wider-ranged and better-lit. Vocally, Tom Smith can wobble the edges with tremors of urgency stoked by Chris Urbanowicz's guitar atmospherics and occasional outbursts. "Fingers in the Factories," a lyrically mirthless little number that interjects a stellar combo of simple beat and bright-toned guitars to charge up the labor-related lyrics, driving Smith to an emotional charge, something that lots of post-Echo and the Bunnymen ensembles have difficulty doing convincingly. The Editors manage energy in the service of drama, a near-necessity in rock. --Andrew Bartlett

Product Description

Back Room is the debut album from the Birmingham based Indie/Rock outfit Editors, that features the successful singles 'Munich', 'Blood' and 'Bullets'. 11total tracks. F2 Music. 2006.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock the minor chords! March 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are lots of bands doing 80s Brit-rock these days: The Killers, Interpol, The Bravery. But here's a novel idea, how `bout Brit-rock from a band that is actually (gasp) British! Hailing from Birmingham these four former Stafford University students have had the U.K press buzzing about their 2005 debut disc The Back Room. Well after months of waiting, The Editors have finally hit the U.S. market.

I will tell you right now I love this disc. I have had it in my play rotation for four solid months (I got it as an import). Yes, they sound a bit like Interpol from the standpoint that both singers have that deadpan sort of Joy Division style going. But I think that The Editors' Tom Smith brings more of a flow and less of a drone to the music. His baritone voice fits in nicely with the overall minor key mood of the songs and never tries to go where it shouldn't.

A more apt comparison of the Editors' sound is to that of 80s alternative bands The Chameleons U.K., Cactus World News and Echo & The Bunnymen. Soaring and edgy guitars layered with just enough minor chords and shadows of goth to be cool but not too depressing. The guitar firepower is not in flashy solos but in mood building chords that instantly catch you and keep you focused and hooked.

"Lights" comes hard and fast right out of the gate while Smith croons, "I've got a million things to say." The bass and drums lay down a blistering pace and the guitars reverb up a storm of melody. Hot on the heels is "Munich," with more of the same guitar power and passion. By this point in the disc you will have already decided whether you love them or not.

The beat keeps driving but the lyrics turn a bit darker on "Blood.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An urgent sound flowing out of your speakers.... August 4, 2006
By cagey
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A lot of bands have come close to emulating the retro 80's post-punk sound but, except for Interpol, none have really captured my

attention more than Editors. As soon as I heard "Munich" on the UK XFM radio in early 2005 I was hooked. I had to work a little

bit to find other Editors songs since the album wasn't available here at the time.

Tom Smith's vocals have an earnestness as if he's trying to convince a jury to find him not guilty, as if his life is

at stake. Chris Urbanowicz's razor sharp guitars at times pulse, wail, or soar throughout the album. And Russell Leetch's

bass blends well with Ed Lay's tight drumming.

"Munich" is a song that has to be played loud, one of the most thrilling songs in the last 5 years, and my pick for

single of the year for 2005. "Blood" is another track to be played on repeat and it contains some of the albums'

more memorable lyrics. The opening bars of of my recent fave "Someone Says" are practically a homage to any early U2

song you can think of, with it's driving beat and staccato guitar tones. First single, "Bullets", has less of a melancholy

feel than some of the other tracks and a great thrashing, repeated chorus. There are a couple of slower tracks too, including

"Fall" and "Camera" where Smith employs some simple keyboards.

The bottom line is Editors can write and perform some impressive tunes, songs and riffs that stay in your head days

after you hear them. And I'm hoping for even greater things in their future releases.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great June 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It is 2006 already, and we have maybe the first exciting new band of the year. I first heard this record on the Rodney Bingenheimer show one late night. I thought it was a new obscure Interpol track. Of course I heard the whole album, and it seems that there is another band from England who loves Joy Division and some of the more forgotten post-punk bands. Singer Tom Smith even sounds more like Ian Curtis than Paul Banks does. On the first two tracks, Editors have the atmosphere of U2 (1982) more so than Joy Division. Like some post-punk bands, like Echo and The Bunnymen, Editors have a lot of dynamic with their two guitars, rather than being bass driven like Joy Division. Some of the songs like "Blood" and "All Sparks" are very catchy and remarkable. This band is no copyist. There are slow moody pieces and faster dancey songs like "Someone Says" which is more like Bloc Party. When you think that there is nothing left, they come up with a killer track like "Bullets" which has the repeating phrase "You don't need this disease." There is a very hopeful yearning on most of the songs. The presentation is rather sparse and architectural. Most of the songs have one-word titles. Editors is all about saying more with less. I look forward to seeing them play live.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars.... Very impressive debut album October 23, 2005
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Editors stormed on the UK music scene in early 2005 with the single "Bullets", and haven't looked back since. The band's sound is reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen and Interpol (I played the CD to my 15 yr. old daughter and after 2 songs she said "hey, this sounds like Interpol", and she meant it as a compliment).

"The Back Room" (11 tracks, 43 min.) starts off with a 2'30 min. blazing "Lights", with lead singer Tom Smith proclaiming "I've Got A Million Things To Say", and boy, do they ever. Outstanding songs follow: "Munich" (the second single) is mesmerizing, "Blood" (third single) is almost danceable, in a dark kinda way. Other highlights include "All Sparks", the epic "Open Your Arms" and the closer "Distance", but there really isn't a weak track on the album. "Bullets" has just been re-released in the UK as a single, and you can just feel this band is going places.

Many have commented that this album is the UK's response to Interpol's "Turn on the Bright Lights", and I have to agree. This is a near-perfect album, drenched with urgency from beginning to end, just beautiful. It begs the question not if but when this album will find a US release and a US audience. "The Back Room" is easily one of the best albums of 2005. Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars great debut
I remember buying this album at random at a local record store. And the results when i heard it was "what is this" and was in my player for months, i couldnt get enough of this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MUSICFAN89
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD, no problems
I got this as a christmas gift for my sister last year. She likes it. No problems with the disc thus far
Published 15 months ago by Andres
3.0 out of 5 stars Mastered the Sound but Not Any Substantive Meaning
They may have mastered the "post-punk sound" better, or at least as good as, any other band alive or dead. So they are obviously very talented musical craftsmen. Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Lloyd Christmas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Editors' CD was really good. All the songs were stuck in my head and I found myself singing along with each of them. Highly recommended, also "An End Has a Start."
Published on October 2, 2010 by Regina
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique singing voice is memorable
I love the unique singing voice found in Editors. It's almost haunting sometimes. They lyrics are great and the music has true feeling to it, I can tell these people put a lot of... Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by Willow
3.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for foreground
A noticeable but impersonal indie rock debut owing solely to the Interpol-led, current JD wave of derivatives, supplies solid songs that runs course and then exits from memory.
Published on April 24, 2010 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars The Back Room
The Back Room being the Editors debut album and their debut was well received by the critics and peaked at #2 in the UK albums chart. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW SOUND ?
Published on January 31, 2009 by Rafael Rojas
2.0 out of 5 stars ...somewhat disappointed...Ian Curtis needs a patent...
...ever since bands like Interpol popped up there have been so many bands that wish to redo the post punk sound that Joy Division generated before passing on (R.I. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by OMNIGOSS
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