Editors
Violence


2.5
average

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (132 Reviews)
March 10th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inoffensive.

Violence continues the trend of Editors relying a bit too much on electronic touches to get their points across. Sure, synthesizers can be a good way to expand a band’s sound and introduce some variety into the mix. But for a while now, Editors have been sounding a bit more clinical and cold without the presence of much guitar work in the mix. I'd be lying if I said this was a recent development, as 2009’s In this Light and On this Evening was pretty much a straight dive into the (then) uncharted waters of electronica for the band. The group sounded a lot more naive and inexperienced back then, biting off much more than they could chew of this brand new “evolution” (many would argue on using that word to describe it) in their established style. And in all fairness, now that nine years have passed since their first foray into electronic music, Violence finds Editors being much more comfortable in this kind of style… but now they're a little too comfortable.

Comfortable in a “we’re complacent and want to make dull, plodding anthems with no balls”-kinda way. This is meat-and-potatoes electronic alternative rock, and it pulls all the stops without doing much beyond the call of duty. You'll come upon a surprise once in a while, such as the heavy and distorted riffage that fuels the chorus of “Hallelujah (So Low)” or the catchy mid-song tempo shift in the danceable pop number “Counting Spooks.” But those moments are quite rare, usually overwhelmed by the unrelenting tedium. And sadly, it's a tedium that’s immediately set at the beginning by the incredibly boring opener “Cold,” a midtempo slog with a tired beat and unimpressive mid-range vocals with no sense of drama or investment. This is one of those albums that’s better as background music than as something you'd listen to intently, and to be clear, it does work pretty well in that context. The keyboards give the music a lot of atmosphere, as heard in the beautiful piano-led minimalism of “No Sound but the Wind” and the doomy, melancholic tread that marks the first half of “Counting Spooks.” Unfortunately, they also make the music sound very sterile. There’s an odd plasticity that looms over Violence, as if we’re listening to a new Imagine Dragons or Coldplay album with a few little alterations (granted, it’s not nearly as bad as that new Imagine Dragons album), right down to the vocals taking quite a few cues from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The title track is probably the worst offender, clearly trying to bring an “anthemic” approach in the chorus with all the “oooo”s and “ahhhh”s while not having anything interesting underneath the surface.

The tragic thing about the album in general is that it was completely salvageable. The electronics are varied and interesting, the vocals aren’t too bad, and there’s a decent amount of catchiness in the melodies. Unfortunately, all we’re left with is something boring, aimless, and completely lacking in impact. Violence is inoffensive, and that’s its greatest sin. And from an album title so blunt and forceful, it’s sad to hear so little action.



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DivergentThinking
March 10th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bleh

anatelier
March 10th 2018


2725 Comments


i really like hallelujah but i'm pretty much done with this band

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DivergentThinking
March 10th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, they just don't seem to be getting any better. It's sad because the first few albums are quite good

bloc
March 10th 2018


55840 Comments


Back Room had some great singles, and then they fell off hard. I'll check this out of curiosity.

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

henryChinaski
March 10th 2018


4194 Comments


"the first few albums are quite good"

^ this. Lost track of these guys. Loved them back in the The Back Room and An End Has A Start era.

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anatelier
March 10th 2018


2725 Comments


editors were one of the first bands i really got into, they have some cracking b-sides and i actually really like a lot of their ITLAOTE era stuff. but since then they've just gone dishwater

TheWrenKing
March 10th 2018


1696 Comments


"editors were one of the first bands i really got into"

same actually, after i discovered interpol i went deep into all the post punk revialist copycat-ism

DivergentThinking
March 10th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's unfortunate that there's no speck of post-punk anymore with this band

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2018


9608 Comments


When I saw the art for the first time I couldn’t help but think Anaal Nathrakh

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Cygnatti
March 10th 2018


32816 Comments


these guys always made p boring music imo

tommygun
March 10th 2018


26899 Comments


these were a pretty good joy division cover band back in the mid-00s

bring back the guitars lads

tommygun
March 10th 2018


26899 Comments


review is ok but second paragraph needs splitting up and the end mid sentence/pause for effect/finish sentence on its own line thing (... too comfortable) makes me cringe

SandwichBubble
March 10th 2018


9694 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Wow, an actual 1.0. Didn't expect that

DivergentThinking
March 10th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bam

SandwichBubble
March 10th 2018


9694 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I thought this was going to be like El Pintor, where their last album was shit so they come out with a better record. Nostradamus strikes again

DivergentThinking
March 11th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol yeah, this is definitely weak as hell. Here's hoping that things will be on the upswing next time (not likely though, it seems)

Sinternet
March 11th 2018


19644 Comments


every time i hear a new album from these guys it makes In This Light sound better and better. At least Papillon was a great single - their last three have offered nothing near that.

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DivergentThinking
March 11th 2018


6227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The decline is certainly sad. And it's a sad day when In This Light sounds like the better alternative

bloc
March 12th 2018


55840 Comments


Slick production, but yeah this is ass

cageofman
March 15th 2018


120 Comments


Havent been won over what ive heard so far
Like others really like the first two albums

Although 'Like Treasure' is just awesome off the 3rd album



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