Editors: The Weight Of Your Love (Play It Again Sam)
It’s been over 3 years since Editors last studio album, so the bands 4th offering ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ has been eagerly anticipated for some time . Mike Parkinson checks it out.
The Weight Of Your Love still maintains the familiar Editors sound that has gone before, providing fans of the band with a welcome level of familiarity, however there is a definite musical maturity in the bands collective approach to this latest album.
Arguably the backbone to Editors is Tom Smiths unquestionable vocal talent, which is as prevalent as always here, however Smiths vocal range has clearly transcended to higher levels, which gives this album a welcome direction.
It would be fair to say that the tempo is at a fairly relaxed pace, with the exception of two or three tracks. The first single to be released ‘A Ton Of Love’ is a genuine nod to earlier Editors output and none the worse for it, maintaining the familiar and rich baritone of Smiths vocals along with its anthemic chorus. Other stand out tracks range between the unusually entitled ‘Formaldehyde’, the Muse sounding ‘Sugar’, the beautiful ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ and the ballad ‘Nothing’ with its soaring string section.
Editors aren’t breaking new ground here but neither do I believe that they are in a musical comfort zone, what is apparent is that they are maturing a sound that’s very much their own. Smiths vocal talents aside, The Weight Of Your Love contains genuine musical depth, with an evident nod to new ideas, the unmistakable sound of Editors is here with a welcome, if only slight twist.
Existing fans of the band will I’m sure be delighted with The Weight Of Your Love, but whether or not the album brings a new audience to Editors remains to be seen, although it would be somewhat of a shame if the latter didn’t happen!
All words by Mike Parkinson. More work by Mike on Louder Than War can be found here.