Editors' second album ups the ante, and the BIG guitars...
Helen Groom 2007-06-19
Back with their second album, Editors have kept to what they do best – gloomy, guitar-laden, electro-infused indie music. Not a bad idea either, An End Has A Start picks up the best of The Back Room and moves it on.
The slightly depressing and morose lyrics are still here, so are the ever-present guitar stylings, and the fast, pounding, pace. But it's bigger, slicker, more ambitious and better.
Take album opener ''Smokers At The Hospital Door''. This is a big song building from a drum beat to a swelling choir-assisted chorus giving it a full lush sound. It might have worked better towards the end of the record, but as a statement of intent, it's bang on. This is a band aiming for a big sound, a big album, and a BIG impact.
It’s not all doom and gloom – redemption and family do get a mention, and there is the odd mention of hope. 'Every little piece of your life will mean something to someone', sings Tom Smith on ''The Weight Of The World''. Surprising subject matters for Editors, some of the finest purveyors of British misery.
The title track and ''Spiders'' are also highlights, while ''Push Your Head Towards The Air'', provides a quieter, more reflective moment that stands out all the more for being one of the few on the album.
Having said all that; while it's a very easy album to enjoy, it's harder to be blown away by it. If you liked their debut, then this will not disappoint you. But it may have more trouble converting the doubters.
Sometimes, good though it is, there is such a thing as too much frantic, wall-of-sound guitar playing, even if it is your signature sound...