Review: Editors- In This Light and On This Evening
07 Oct 09
Editors-In This Light and On This Evening
In a market saturated with a wealth of repetitively lazy synthesizer based pop, you would expect accomplished gloom rockers, and Birmingham’s number 1 Joy Division cover band, Editors, to pull something truly epic out of the bag when it came to there inevitable foray into the world of electronic music. Citing the Terminator theme as a major influence, you immediately re-hear the thudding sinister,drone pulsations that made the score the iconic tune it is today. Unfortunatley this album is less Arnie in his prime, leather bound and muscle clad, and more the old, flabby man-boobed Governor of California seen wining and dining in those ridiculous tv ad’s.
Sharing the name of the album, opening track ”In This Light and On This Evening” begins almost how you expect the album should sound. Thudding synthesizers march, as the distant klaxon of rattling guitars give off an echoed siren. Tom Smith’s trademark piano makes a brief appearance, putting the final touches to the apolitical landscape the track sinisterly paints. Unfortunately the build up ends up sounding more like an early 90’s megadrive version of a Terminator game, of course its epic, but possibly a little too inhuman…
Ironically ”Bricks and Mortar” opening sounds almost identical to The Flight of the Conchords ”The Humans are Dead”. Unlike the comedy Kiwi’s however, not being a novelty pop band means you can’t really mix integrity and pastiche, a line this album treads rather clumsily. Everything is a little too convincingly 80’s, they have in a sense, taken the 80’s throwback movement on, and done too good of a job, meaning the lines of showing your influences and ”taking the mick” are blurred.
Latest single ”Papillon” should again, technically be a good song, but its let down by the lack of restraint. The buzzy bass and abrasive harmonised monk vocals hint at at New Order, but the song ends up swaying into more Steve Strange/Visage territory. No bad thing if you are say La Roux…
This pattern just repeats itself, creating an album which is almost entirely forgettable…wearing there influences a over bearingly too proudly being its biggest downfall, there’s just no originality, this isn’t Editors album, it’s Depeche Mode’s, its New Order’s, heck even a Dishevelled Steve Strange is getting a look in…