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Album Review

Editors, 'In This Light and On This Evening'

January 18, 2010

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Tough market for the UK’s poor guitar players these days. With the current electro explosion, there’s almost no need for them anymore. On Editors’ latest and third album, there’s nary a guitar riff to be heard. Instead vocalist Tom Smith’s brooding dark-wave character sketches are carried along on a flood of liquid synths. Dirty propulsive bass and disco beats still drive the songs, but it’s a departure from the band’s early, stunning work. It’s also a huge bummer. “Darling, just don’t put down your guns yet/ If there really was a god here/ He’d have raised a hand by now,’’ Smith sings in his hangman’s baritone over the hook of “Papillon.’’ Let’s dance to that! On the title track, a percussive Morse code riff adds to the album’s dystopian tone - like the band is sending off secret messages underground through a desolated landscape. The message? That Editors - who, to some, are just another entry in the UK’s search for its own Interpol - aren’t content to ride out the diminishing returns of that post-punk disco apocalypse. (Out tomorrow)

LUKE O’NEIL

Indie Rock
Editors In This Light and On This Evening
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Editors perform at the House of Blues on Feb. 18.