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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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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Usually, I only review things I like...however, this album was recommended to me, and frankly, its actually OFFENSIVE to me for the following reasons:
1) INTERPOL called, they... Read more
Great surprise, almost NO WASTE so, it makes the entire album worth buying it.Published 20 months ago by W. Candia
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 morePublished on May 2, 2013 by MUSICFAN89
I got this as a christmas gift for my sister last year. She likes it. No problems with the disc thus farPublished on April 25, 2013 by Andres
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 morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Lloyd Christmas
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
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 morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Willow
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