EDITORS – An End Has A Start (Kitchenware)

Editors debut album was something of a slow burner for me, taking a while to really evolve into the stunning record that I now consider it to be. Their second album therefore has a lot to live up to, and not only have they pulled it off, but in a way that makes it more immediate than their first without losing any of its power. Despite a disparaging review in the NME, claiming that the record is too gloomy for its own good, I found it to be a surprisingly upbeat album, musically at least. OK, the lyrics do seem to concentrate just a bit too much on death and destruction, but the band marry them to some cracking tunes and for me that is what makes this album so good. ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ might seem an odd choice as lead single, but you can’t deny that it has an oddly insistent melody. The title track thunders along at a furious pace, and despite what some people read into it, it comes across to me as a song of hope. OK, so perhaps ‘The Weight Of The World’ is a bit depressing, but on the other hand ‘Bones’ dark lyrics (possibly dealing with anorexia) are offset with music that lifts the song to another level. ‘The Racing Rats’ is another song where the lyrics are at odds with the music – the former dark and thought-provoking and the latter tuneful and invigorating. ‘Push Your Head Towards The Air’ is surely a song of hope, and yet has the most downbeat tune on the album, although they do manage to turn it into the big ballad of the record. ‘Escape The Nest’ melds military drumming with a memorable descending guitar riff and a soaring chorus to become one of my favourite tracks on the album, while the indie-pop of ‘Spiders’ and the piano ballad of ‘Well Word Hand’ round off what for me is a creditable follow-up to a debut album which was always going to be difficult to better. I actually think that they have achieved that, and I will probably find myself playing this one more than ‘The Back Room’, while still enjoying both in their own way.