In This Light And On This Evening
Editors became post-punk darlings when the British band released its Mercury Prize nominated debut The Back Room. The band’s sound was heavily influenced by Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, however their latest, In This Light And On This Evening, takes the band in a more industrial and synthesizer-based direction.
“You Don’t Know Love” sounds like it was swiped from an Interpol album with the guitars cranked and lead singer Tom Smith’s baritone ominously singing the chorus, “You don’t know love like you used to.” This is the only song on which the guitars are featured. Everything else, whether it’s the brooding “The Boxer” or the slow-building title track, leans on electronic undertones instead of the guitars that have made Editors international stars. The band owes a huge debt to Depeche Mode as well, with the heavy keyboard and synth-sounds that power “The Big Exit.”
In This Light And On This Evening will inevitably alienate some fans who can’t accept change, but this album is the sound of a band evolving. If they take their sound on this release and combine it with the Interpol-sound of their last two, they could end up with one of the best albums of the 2010s.