“I won’t disappoint you” sings Tom Smith on the title track of Editors’ new album, An End Has A Start, and you know what? He’s right. After receiving huge success through their critically acclaimed debut album, The Back Room, Editors returned this year with their second LP. To follow a Mercury Music Award-nominated debut album would prove difficult, but Editors have done it, and done it well. In fact, the only thing that An End Has A Start lacks is the occasional bland and rather dull moments found on the second half of The Back Room.1
The quartet, originally from Birmingham, formed while they studied Music Technology at university. They immediately found success after the release of their first single on record label, Kitchenware. The voice of their lead singer, Tom Smith, has been compared to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, who became an icon in the late 70’s. The comparison undeniably stems from the lo-fi sound Editors have managed to revive, and their ability to enchant and send a chill down the spine of every listener.
An End Has A Start is full of haunting melodies, and is completely different to the tedious ‘indie’ churned out by many of today’s NME-hyped artists. Although guitar, bass and drums have a significant role in each track, the inclusion of piano and layered vocals make the songs even more overwhelming when listened to. Unlike many albums produced nowadays, one can listen through the album without getting bored due to the diversity of the tracks; there are slower songs such as ‘Well Worn Hand’, and more upbeat tunes such as ‘Bones’.
And it seems as if the UK music scene agrees. Their new single, the fantastic ‘The Racing Rats’ is being played continuously on radio stations, MTV2 and the like, and the first single to be taken from the album, ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, reached No. 7 in the charts — the highest chart position achieved by the band so far. Editors are of the best bands around today — fact. Indie fans, I guarantee that a listen to this album will be an entirely different experience, and one that you will enjoy.
“We just try to make music that gives us a buzz and makes the hairs on the back of our necks raise, and I think that as long as we’re still doing that, it’ll be all right.”- Tom Smith
- I came to my senses, and actually prefer The Back Room to An End Has a Start now… ↩