Editors' suffocating melancholy and frontman Tom Smith's weighty baritone have long drawn comparisons between the U.K. rock band and post-punk act Joy Division. So it's hard not to see Editors' third album, "In This Light and on This Evening," as its New Ordering-a marked shift away from guitars to synthesizers and a cleaner, dance-friendly vibe that still maintains much of the emotional heft. But the transition can seem a bit self-conscious. On the track "Bricks and Mortar," it translates into far too much enthusiasm for the bells and whistles on the band's new machines. But the electronic approach produces a catchy dancefloor single in "Papillon," with a melody that makes the most of Smith's robust vocals. A few forgettable melodies are overshadowed by the dramatic opening title track, which builds by layers to an epic feel, and the dreamy but rhythmic "Like Treasure."
Editors, "In This Light and on This Evening"
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