It's a bit different than the first two albums, some people can't get over that, maybe the same people that like generic indie bore material that bands churn out consistently, and U2. However, Editors decided they needed a change of direction, I agree. The Back Room is probably in the top 10 albums of the last decade, however, An End Has A Start is mediocre, some fantastic songs, but some that were basically boring.
Boring, however, is not one word that can be used to describe In This Light and on This Evening, The intensity of the opening track, and album title lets you know where we are heading, the slow-burn, the crashing drums and bass-line at the end for me makes it the perfect start to the album (also the live set) and is a bold intent of the direction Ed's have taken. Bricks & Mortar with it's synth hook that wouldn't have been out of place in Blade Runner and the pre-release single Papillon - probably the most dance orientated song Editors have ever done. It kicks like a sleep twitch..." indeed.
Mid way through we have The Boxer which is more down-tempo than most of the preceding tracks, and one that turns into one of my favourites - just beautiful. A future single has to be Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool - an unrelenting beat drives the song, whilst Tom's drawling vocals make this an instant favourites. Finally Walk The Fleet Road - An intro that sounds like it was literally taken from Terminator turns into a most beautiful and calming song after some relentless synth hooks and deep vocals, a much needed light song after 8 previous dark, unforgiving tracks - it's a great ending to the record.
Of course if you get the special editors - which I urge anyone to do so - you have five more on Cuttings II, including the fantastic The House Is Full of Noise and A Life as a Ghost (Dance F**ker Dance) and in my opinion many of these songs would have been just as welcome on the album.
Probably my favourite album of 2009, a bold move from Editors, and one which makes them in my opinion one of the best and important bands of the last ten years - frankly the Interpol / Joy Division comparisons are boring, way off the mark and plain incorrect... Give it a try, it clearly isn't for everybody, as even Tom Smith said himself, for me, those who don't like it... see you...