Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: PIAS
Chris Urbanowicz’s departure from Editors in April 2012 was a hugely pivotal moment for the band, one that unfortunately resulted in a subsequent identity crisis for 2013’s The Weight Of Your Love. No longer relying on the punchy miserabilism akin to Interpol and Joy Division for early singles such as Blood and Munich that saw debut album The Back Room achieve a Mercury Prize nomination, guitars were being wrestled aside, a directional change that Urbanowicz had been heavily involved in. The Back Room has recently enjoyed its 10th anniversary, so for In Dream to become their fifth studio effort in just a decade despite the rocky road they’ve travelled is pretty remarkable.
Five albums into their career, Britain's post-punk stalwarts Editors dig deep for a cohesive set of sophisticated, nuanced songs rife with a hard-won maturity, which still retain all of the intense emotionality of their debut. Though Editors have experimented with their sound in the past, 2015's In Dream is the group's most well-rounded album to date, combining the best stylistic elements of each of their previous efforts. Here, we get the driving, angular guitars of 2005's The Back Room, next to the chilly synths of 2009's In This Light and on This Evening, all wrapped up in the expansive, church-studio production sound of 2013's The Weight of Your Love.
Up to now, you’d rate an Editors album by how much it diminished you. And by you, of course, I mean the female 'you'. The Back Room rendered my tiny existence obsolete – I could not be as troubled, as disturbed, as fallen as the 'you's that fell with such grace and lost their fingers in the factories, and had nothing in common but the blood in my veins.
You kind of have to feel sorry for Editors; they’ve historically been damned if they do and damned if they don’t. They seem to have picked up a reputation for being a little bit unadventurous, boring even, which has followed them around like a long shadow ever since they made the hardly unreasonable decision to follow up their universally-acclaimed debut, ‘The Back Room’, with more of the same on 2007’s ‘An End Has a Start’. Since then, they’ve made genuine efforts to diversify their portfolio; ‘In This Light and On This Evening’ experimented heavily with synth, while 2013’s ‘The Weight of Your Love’ played it straight and bold, referencing R.E.M.
Review Summary: Back-tracking on a back-track… Or just plain confused?Despite the “derivative” call-outs, English post-punk revivalists Editors have admirably been unwilling to stagnate over their now decade-long career. While the electronic experiment that was 2009’s ‘In This Light and On This Evening’ may have been a leap too far, the quintet appeared to be back on track with the still polarizing 2013 effort ‘The Weight of Your Love’. Falling somewhere in between those two records sound-wise, the band’s self-produced fifth LP ‘In Dream’ doesn’t make a great deal of sense.
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