Thursday 23 November 2017

Weighty album lacks earlier subtlety

Musical difference: Editors have a new line-up.
Musical difference: Editors have a new line-up.
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: Editors, The Weight of Your Love (PIAS) 3 STARS

For their fourth album, Editors have enlisted the help of American producer Jacquire King. The man knows how to turn arena acts into stadium monsters – witness his work with Kings of Leon – and he has beefed up the band's already muscular sound.

The approach works in places, not least on lead single A Ton of Love – an anthem that's U2-huge, but retains Tom Smith's compelling baritone.

But there is something a little homogenised about Editors in 2013. Founding guitarist Chris Urbanowicz quit last year due to – cliché alert – musical differences.

His distinctive playing has clearly been missed on The Weight of Your Love and, although the two who replaced him acquit themselves adequately, favouring bombast over subtlety quickly gets wearisome.

Despite this, Smith remains an astute songwriter and his observations about love are well worth hearing.

KEY TRACKS A Ton of Love; Two-Hearted Spider

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