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Following the electro abomination that was 2009’s ‘In This Light and On This Evening’, even fans of English indie-rock band Editors could be forgiven for approaching their follow-up ‘The Weight of Your Love’ with equal parts trepidation and dread. Anthemic, stadium-baiting lead single ‘A Ton of Love’ helped allay fears a little, although even the lead single from ‘In This Light…’ (‘Papillon’) was fairly strong.

More interesting is the curious selection of ‘The Weight’ as the new album’s 2nd single. The Muse-like ‘Sugar’ or hooky backing vocals of ‘Formaldehyde’ seemed more obvious choices, with ‘The Weight’ more playing the role of fantastic album opener, for mine. It’s a brave choice and hopefully one that will pay off.

Beginning with dark, ominous synths before giving way to an incessant beat and almost folky guitar strums, Tom Smith’s striking baritone soon captures attention, even if his trademark ambiguous lyrics (“I’m a lump of meat with a heartbeat”) occasionally confound. Most pleasing is the existence of an ever-present tension, with each sound after sound, instrument after instrument and melody after melody being meticulously added to build up and then release. Brilliantly, this pseudo title track is both thoroughly melodic and accessible.

The video – which was filmed in Nashville, where the band worked with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon) – follows the straight-forward template from ‘A Ton of Love’: Black & White footage of the band playing the song. Borrrrring? Maybe, but it kind of works better in the context of this track, and not just because this time around the quintet are in the studio. No, it works well due to it showing the aforementioned additions for the sake of build-up. All it required to top it off was a string section popping out of nowhere in the corner of the studio.

But Tom, shave that beard off mate… You’re not Matt Berninger… In fact, you’re more a (Freddy Krueger actor) Robert Englund clone!





DaveyBoy
06.26.13
My review of 'The Weight of Your Love' will be up some time in the next 24 hours.

ti0n
06.26.13
album is pure crap

Omaha
06.26.13
Ooh, that album art you included is really nice. Think I'd dig something from these guys, Davey?

bloc
06.26.13
New album is another kind of bad

DaveyBoy
06.27.13
Ignoring the naysayers, I'm not so certain Omaha. Maybe make your decision by the song above.

bloc, this isn't I See Stars. ;-)

auberginedreams
06.27.13
i liked this band better when they were ripping off interpol.

DaveyBoy
06.27.13
That's always been the main knock on them. Can't say I disagree with either portion of your comment, but they're still pretty good imo.

Captain North
06.27.13
I enjoyed that

DaveyBoy
06.27.13
Good to hear Tom. You might enjoy most of the album then.

DamnVanne
06.27.13
That song makes My Morning Jacket look like Blood Borthers

DaveyBoy
06.28.13
Comment made me laugh, so achieved its purpose.

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