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An End Has A Start (Sony BMG)

By • Jun 6th, 2007 • Category: Album review

There’s no disputing that The Back Room was one of the most outstanding debuts of recent years, weaving Joy Division’s grandiose melancholy with a Britpop sensibility that put Editors in the same league as Razorlight or those cheeky Kaisers.
With An End Has A Start, however, Tom Smith and the rest of his editorial band have raised the bar. While Razorlight’s second album saw them embracing out-and-out pop at the expense of some of their raucous energy, and the Kaiser Chiefs dropped the pop to become an angry, if rather dull, mob, the Editors have produced a second album that takes their debut and turns it up to eleven.

Anyone who’s seen their live show will know that The Back Room didn’t always do them justice with its lo-fi production values, and here that’s set right from the very first note. Tom’s voice swoops and soars as it was meant to do, while the rhythmic stabs of guitar noise punctuate the solid rhythms beneath. There’s still a sense of Ian Curtis’s bleak outlook in songs like ‘The Weight Of The World’ and first single ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, but for all the pain and misery this is a remarkably uplifting experience. Live favourite ‘Bones’ bursts through the darkness like ‘Munich’ on adrenaline, while ‘The Racing Rats’ summons apocalyptic images of falling suns and holes in the Earth that would put Muse to shame. There will undoubtedly be those who criticise An End Has A Start for veering towards the big sound of stadium rock, but anyone who’s seen Tom Smith throw himself across a stage will know that energy and passion have always been part of his vocabulary. At long last the Editors are beginning to show their true potential as one of the most exciting bands on the planet. Let’s hope that the end’s still a long way off.


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