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.