My admiration for Editors began with the Birmingham, UK’s debut “The Back Room” (2005), a post-punk influenced revival that became part of my permanent rotation. The record blew me away. The band blew me away. It was reaffirmation for my love of the post-punk genre. And it became the foundation of a killer iPod play list.
I must admit that by being stuck in “The Back Room,” I paid less attention to Editors next couple of records (“An End Has a Start” in 2007 and 2009’s “In This Light and on This Evening”). Both albums weren’t bad, but the bands gradual evolution toward a more anthemic sound just didn’t reach out and slap me upside my head. But, record buyers from across the pond responded favorably as both albums hit number one on the UK charts.
Its latest and fourth record, “The Weight of Your Love,” is the successor to those number one albums. With the pressure on Editors stays the course and does not mess with the formula that made the band a chart topper. Editors are prime with all the pieces in place (minus original lead guitar player Chris Urbanowicz) to make a run at a three-peat. “The Weight of Your Love” doesn’t throw many surprises and is just what you would expect from a rock band that is trying to cement itself among the elite. “A Ton of Love” is doing quite nicely, with almost three quarters of a million views on YouTube, and has the potential to be a big radio hit. “Sugar” sounds like a shout-out to both “The Back Room” and Echo & the Bunnymen.
As a band from the UK, Editors share that special legacy of the great British groups (particularly the post-punk ones) that came before it. And of that, Editors are worthy ambassadors.