An End Has a Start

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
An End Has a Start CD 10 Play It Again Sam (PIAS Belgium & worldwide generic imprint releases) 449.3085.020 / P.I.L. 085CD 5413356133028
An End Has a Start CD 10 Kitchenware Records KWCD37 886971070323
An End Has a Start CD 10 Kitchenware Records KWCD372 886971070422
An End Has a Start 12" Vinyl 10 Kitchenware Records KWX37 886971261318
An End Has a Start Digital Media 10 Kitchenware Records
An End Has a Start CD 10 BMG JAPAN BVCP-27126
An End Has a Start CD 12 BMG JAPAN BVCP-21548
An End Has a Start CD 10 FADER Label 88697 10703 2 886971070323


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Back with their second album, Editors have kept to what they do best – gloomy, guitar-laden, electro-infused indie music. Not a bad idea either, *An End Has A Start *picks up the best of *The Back Room *and moves it on.

The slightly depressing and morose lyrics are still here, so are the ever-present guitar stylings, and the fast, pounding, pace. But it's bigger, slicker, more ambitious and better.

Take album opener ''Smokers At The Hospital Door''. This is a big song building from a drum beat to a swelling choir-assisted chorus giving it a full lush sound. It might have worked better towards the end of the record, but as a statement of intent, it's bang on. This is a band aiming for a big sound, a big album, and a BIG impact.

It's not all doom and gloom – redemption and family do get a mention, and there is the odd mention of hope. 'Every little piece of your life will mean something to someone', sings Tom Smith on ''The Weight Of The World''. Surprising subject matters for Editors, some of the finest purveyors of British misery.

The title track and ''Spiders'' are also highlights, while ''Push Your Head Towards The Air'', provides a quieter, more reflective moment that stands out all the more for being one of the few on the album.

Having said all that; while it's a very easy album to enjoy, it's harder to be blown away by it. If you liked their debut, then this will not disappoint you. But it may have more trouble converting the doubters.

Sometimes, good though it is, there is such a thing as too much frantic, wall-of-sound guitar playing, even if it is your signature sound...