This is The Editors fifth studio album, ‘In Dream’ and their second release featuring the ‘new’ line up of the band with founding members Tom Smith, Russell Leetch and Ed Lay being joined by Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams. Following two years of intensive world tours, the five piece has taken a step away from the straighter, rock aesthetic of albums like ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ and has moved towards a more electro pop inspired sound, reminiscent of their third album ‘In This Light And On This Evening’. Slowdive's Rachel Goswell guests.
4/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 October 2015I once heard a good Editors song. Actually no it wasn’t Editors at all but it was Ian Curtis-aping singer Tom Smith performing Prefab Sprout’s ‘Bonny’ solo. I suppose they filled a hole for awhile in the era when someone else had to sound a bit like Interpol. I guess this is their attempt at a "serious", ‘Kid A’ type album and from the first moments onwards it’s predictably terrible. Its snail like tempos, buzzing synths and troubled but polished vocal delivery bore from the get go and the falsetto on ’No Harm’ is doing serious damage to my ears. ‘Ocean of Night’ is built around a piano motif taken from the book of Coldplay piano tunes. The album is professionally produced but completely lacking in any kind of soul. It never gets out of first gear; ‘Forgiveness’ tries to be upbeat but stilted drum machines hold it back and it’s just too scrubbed by half. Nothing is real -- even the string sample on 'Salvation' is music store bought and lacks any kind of edge. I’m not sure why Editors have ceased to be a rock band. Any intensity they once had has long been sandpapered away so we are left with an album that is simply…. dust. It barely exists.
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