Album review: The Weight of Your Love by Editors

The Weight of Your Love by Editors
The Weight of Your Love by Editors
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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.

Brian Fallon

Gig review: Brian Fallon at Leeds Beckett University