Album Review: Editors – The Weight of Your Love

By on Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Editors The Weight of Your Love coverEditors have chosen a distinctly appropriate title for their new album ‘The Weight of Your Love’. The album’s 11 tracks delve into the murkier, heavier aspects of love, and its music is expectedly dark in color. I haven’t actually checked to see if any of these songs are in minor keys (song analysis fail!), but they certainly have that kind of disconsolate feel to them. While some of the lyrical metaphors are less than elegant (see “I’m a lump of meat with a heartbeat”), they are always sharply evocative. There is some nice guitar work featured throughout the album, despite the departure of lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz. Editors have clearly figured out how to counter the loss of that distinctive sound, often using dramatic bowed strings behind the guitars and keyboards to create a full, resonant effect.

The album leads off with its three heaviest hitters, including aptly titled songs ‘The Weight’ and ‘A Ton of Love’. Lead single ‘A Ton of Love’ (review here) is easily the most memorable song on the album. The driving rhythm and deep bass leave a lasting impression, and the lyrics are captivating, despite the obvious U2 comparison. Tom Smith’s voice has never sounded sexier than it does on the lines leading into the chorus, “taken by force / twisting fate / well, what weighs more / down on your plate?”

At this point, the album shifts gears to a brooding set of ballads. ‘What is This Thing Called Love’ is an achingly tender moment featuring Smith’s lovely falsetto. ‘Honesty’ has a broad anthemic feeling, but contains an unfortunate lyrical reference to “your bowling ball eyes” in its heavy collision metaphor. The production on ‘Nothing’ is stripped back to voice and strings, allowing a welcome moment of pure, sweet emotion.

Slightly past the halfway point, the record takes another thematic turn, shifting to a rather odious set of songs in which lyrical grace is almost completely abandoned. ‘Hyena’ includes a slinky guitar melody and and a villainous vocal line that becomes a caricature of Scar in ‘The Lion King’. In ‘Two Hearted Spider’, the lines “Every smile you fake / breaks me” inevitably draw the memory to ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police.

Uneven in quality overall, ‘The Weight of Your Love’ is redeemed in its final two tracks. The narrative lyrics of ‘The Phone Book’ are ingenuously accompanied by a dark, almost folk rock sound that would be perfect for an acoustic setting. The haunting words “what’s that over your shoulder / fear of getting older? / stay with me’ do indeed stay in the memory long after the record is over. ‘Bird of Prey’ is a simple combination of rhythm and lyricism that will be a sure favorite among fans on the band’s upcoming summer and autumn tour dates.

7/10

‘The Weight of Your Love’ is due out on 1 July via Play It Again Sam records. Watch the band’s documentary of the making of the album below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiZgBtW4qnw[/youtube]

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