The Weight Of Your Love

Editors

Pias Recordings, 2013

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REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 11/25/2013

Though the Brit rockers Editors haven't had the global success of outfits like Oasis or Blur, it hasn't been from a lack of trying or talent. More commonly compared to the darker sounds from their home country like Joy Division or Echo And The Bunnymen (which they dismiss), Editors have left critics gushing over a string of strong albums since 2002. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Their fourth album, The Weight Of Your Love, comes with two new members (they lost lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz to a cordial split) and had frontman Tom Smith declaring this new album would pay homage to their love for R.E.M and Arcade Fire. Recorded mostly live, this seemed like an interesting twist on their moody rock that often embraced post-punk stylings.

After the chilling opener "The Weight," which resembles Radiohead flexing their muscles, it goes into “Sugar,” a fuzzy '80s anthem. “A Ton Of Love” follows and is a glorious tune, a stadium ready rocker that soars loudly. After three tunes with the volume cranked, “What Is This Thing Called Love” has Smith trying out a falsetto with this piano ballad that will keep the Coldplay comparisons alive and well. Later in the disc, “Hynea” moves playfully with Interpol parallels and “Nothing” takes help from Clint Mansell and is one of the most fragile sounding songs with plenty of strings weaved in. “Formaldehyde” is the most lively moment here, a vivid dance tune that gives the already varied album an even more eclectic feel.

A good mix of thundering, arena rock that pauses for calmer moments, longtime fans will still recognize their unmistakable tones but more apparent American influences are all over this. A triumphant return to the guitars after their synth focused 2009 album In This Light And On This Evening, the addition of new members brings a fuller sound and the addition of pop melodies will certainly bring new ears to the magic that is Editors.

Rating: B+

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