Editors, "In This Light and on This Evening"

Album Review
3.5
<p><a href="/artist/editors/664280">Editors</a>' suffocating melancholy and frontman Tom Smith's weighty baritone have long drawn comparisons between the U.K. rock band and post-punk act <a href="/artist/joy-division/56274">Joy Division</a>. So it's hard not to see Editors' third album, "In This Light and on This Evening," as its <a href="/artist/new-order/5299">New Order</a>ing-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."</p>