If 2009’s In This Light and On This Evening hinted at a new – electronic – dawn for Birmingham gloom meisters Editors, The Weight of Your Love signals a partial retreat to old ways.
Granted it’s the most lyrically direct album they’ve released over the last eight years but much of the music here has a similar sense of portent and churning unease as their early material.
“I promised myself I wouldn’t talk about death,” intones singer Tom Smith darkly in opening track The Weight; “It breaks my heart to love you,” he adds in Sugar.
There are echoes of both the Bunnymen and U2 in current single A Ton of Love, from thereon though the album improves with the falsetto ballad What Is This Thing Called Love? and the gorgeous, string-laden centrepiece, Nothing, with extra production from Clint Mansell, once of Pop Will Eat Itself and now a composer of soundtracks for films such as The Fountain and Black Swan.
The band – recently expanded to a five-piece following the departure of founder member Chris Urbanowicz – lapse back into doom rock of the Joy Division/Interpol variety in Formaldehyde and Hyena before ending on a tender note with The Phone Book and Bird of Prey.
All in all, a mixed bag.