English glumsters Editors release their 6th album 'Violence' the follow up to the moribund 'In Dream'. Lead track 'Magazine' showcases a vibrant if poshly produced sound that is sure to bother alternative playlists everywhere. Less of the Interpol these days and more of the Killers widescreen rock I suppose.
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Clever. Apparently the 'Vi' from the title of this album refers to the fact that this is Editors sixth album. It is the most innovative thing about the entire release that's for sure. I'm finding it hard to actually put into words how bad opener 'Cold' is- I think I need to invent a new language. They've veered off into a vaguely electro-pop direction an even incorporate some 80's style orchestral stabs in there but the song is a nothing.
'Hallelujah (So Low)' is a kind of bleepy Eastern influenced thing that suddenly, for no reason at all, bursts into some sharp electro rock and then comes back into focus. Oh and they rap. It's kind of like Depeche Mode on a struggle of a day. The problem is that Editors have simply forgotten what they are. There's no signature sound that will tell you which band this actually is. The production is lush, expensive sounding and generally ill-advised, everything is programmed to within an inch of it's life and it's only really Tom Smith's voice that tells you that it could be that band you remember from songs like 'Munich'. Only super-sized ballad 'No Sound But the Wind' has hints of their former grandiose sound and it's a rare moment of Smith injecting real emotion into his performance.
So generally Editors VIth album is production over substance. they are not alone here - just check the latest Franz Ferdinand album - but here thesynthetic sound lacks character and lacks the brutality that you'd expect from an album so titled. It is though a big bold statement for a band probably in last chance saloon and these anthems should help guarantee them another go round the European festival circuit.
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