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Editors third album, groudbreaking new sound

Jon Fuccillo
The Advocate

The Editors, a quartet from Birmingham, UK, released their third full-fledged album in America on Jan. 19 called “In This Light and on This Evening.”

The group went away from their traditional indie-goth/post-punk style seen in their previous two albums (“The Back Room” and “An End Has a Start”) and ditched the guitars for drum machines and synthetic tones that sound like an ’80s dance party.

The album consists of two hit singles: “You Don’t Know Love” and “Papillion.”

At times, it feels as though the group stuck to a sound similar to albums past and held back from their roots in each of the nine songs, which is true on the surface. But with that said, each song brings more and more excitement and in the end you are left thinking, “I want more of this happy, feel-good dance music.”

The album gains faster-paced beats with different electronic sounds that come together beautifully for a wholesome sound that works to their advantage.

Tough music critics agree that this is the start of a new chapter for the foursome and the best sound of their three albums.

The four members in the band met in college while studying music technology at Staffordshire University. In the album you will see that college paid of quite well for the group, with the measure of difficulty and diverse lyrics that apply to do the everyday person dealing with struggle in their pursuit of success.

It is nice to see the band take risks after great success in their first two albums. They found themselves in an unknown territory of dark tracks that consisted of only three guitar-dominated songs (“You Don’t Know Love,” “The Big Exit” and “The Boxer”).

They have taken a step toward progressive indie-rock and have taken a new direction in their musical careers with a sound that touches bands such as Joy Division, Bloc Party, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Strokes, R.E.M. and other groups in that genre. It may not be completely original in its sound but at the same time these guys jumped the gun with this album and have made it quite clear that they are very talented in the music department and the way they express it.

Rating: 4/5

 


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