Review: ‘The Editors – ‘An End Has a Start’’

Brit post-punk revivalists the Editors continue what they started on their 2005 hit debut "The Back Room" with "An End Has a Start."

Brit post-punk revivalists the Editors continue what they started on their 2005 hit debut “The Back Room” with “An End Has a Start.” The Birmingham group still borrows freely from the ‘80s playbook (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen) with dancey, angular pop-rock, but they’re beginning to expand their musical palette with a heavy dose of piano throughout.

There’s a bevy of backup singers on the soaring opener “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors,” while “The Weight of the World” kicks off with a “Be My Baby” beat, then segues into gloomy guitar-rock that approaches Coldplay-style bombast. “Push Your Head Towards the Air” likewise yearns for an arena-sized sing-along.

Singer Tom Smith’s deep, detached vocals are always front-and-center, especially on the disc’s closing number, the self-serious piano-and-strings ballad “Well Worn Hand.” It’s a strange way to end an otherwise primarily upbeat collection, but it illustrates the idea that the Editors seem to be after mainstream U.S. acceptance.

The Editors - 'An End Has a Start'

Epic Records
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