ROCK

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

An End Has a Start Edi­tors SonyBMG THERE’S a par­tic­u­lar brand of post- punk elec­tro gloom that bands from the north of Eng­land do bet­ter than ev­ery­body else; af­ter all, that’s where it was in­vented. Edi­tors were the gloomi­est of the batch of rock star wannabes ( Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs among them) to burst out of Bri­tain in 2005. That’s not to say the band’s de­but was any less en­joy­able for any­one who has fallen prey to the charms of Joy Di­vi­sion or 1980s REM. Like those groups, the band’s front­man Tom Smith has a dis­tinc­tive, mourn­ful voice that adds an emo­tional kick to the al­ready som­bre lyrics on this album. He’s no Mor­ris­sey, for sure, but he is ahead of the pack as he wraps an oc­ca­sion­ally aching beauty around songs such as Smok­ers Out­side the Hospi­tal Doors and the sad closer Well Worn Hand. There’s driv­ing ur­gency on Bones and a smart line in pi­anoin­fused bal­lads that step neatly into the more ra­dio- friendly ter­ri­tory oc­cu­pied by Coldplay. This is an im­pres­sive, of­ten grand col­lec­tion of songs that proves sur­pris­ingly re­ward­ing and gen­uinely touch­ing.

Michael Sains­bury

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