There is a major difference between bands that are looking for their arbitrary moment in the spotlight and those that focus on the quality of their work. It’s still too early in its career to make such a call on a band such as the Editors. With the vertical success of its debut album, The Back Room, the Editors have taken a refreshing approach to sounds that have been done before. Yet, there’s something about its music that leaves listeners feeling like there’s more to come.
From the get go, the Editors have been bound to comparisons, like all bands are. For instance, the band Interpol has always been compared to its predecessors, Joy Division; but it’s the Editors that could be more so compared to Joy Division. Perhaps it’s the gothic bellowing of singer Tom Smith that brings the band closer. Though the comparison may be warranted, each song has its own original sound. The album has refreshingly equal parts of Smith’s brooding vocals and fearless guitar playing by Chris Urbanowicz.
The album kicks off with the song “Lights,” which has a raw sound and lyrics that give the impression they are intent on sticking around awhile. Case in point: Smith sings, “I’ve got a million things to say,” over and over again.
There are a few elements that might make this album worthy of addiction, including anthem-like songs such as “All Sparks,” “Fingers In The Factories” and “Blood.” The up-and-down energy of drums and guitars combined with straightforward lyrics give off a feeling that these songs are bigger than they really are.
Another noteworthy element that adds a little flavor to the album is the more danceable songs, such as “Blood” and “Munich.” These two songs may easily fit in on the dance floor, but what they add is a little more nostalgia with a more Echo And The Bunnymen quality. There are a few somber songs scattered about the album that bring some balance, such as, “Fall” and “Distance.”
Indeed, the Editors have not peaked with this first album, but the band has potential. It’s an enjoyable album with a few questionable moments. But isn’t that what a first record should be like?