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Album Review

To put it plainly, An End Has a Start doesn't have the electricity of Editors' first effort. And let's face it, The Back Room was a tough act to follow — it was a damn near perfect debut, delivering a compelling set of cathartic, nocturnal neo-post-punk songs. The problem is not simply that there isn't a track on this release that comes close to the visceral, resonant power of "Bullets." The problem is that there isn't really a memorable moment here, period. And it's a big deal, because it makes Editors, for all their musical prowess, sound practically average. The lead single, "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors," charges out of the gate with pounding, purposeful drums and surging guitars only to stumble into a muddy, oddly forgettable hook, and "Bones," in spite of its needling momentum and affecting lyrics ("In the end, all you can hope for/Is the love you felt to equal the pain you've gone through...Your face in my hands is everything that I need"), somehow fails to come to a satisfying climax. Editors are reaching for something here, but one gets the sense that they never quite grasp what they're aiming for. The inspiration and exploratory spirit found on the first album are not here; most of the material, albeit well crafted, sounds pretty safe. It's consistently moody, licked throughout with tame fire, at times not entirely unlike (forgive the comparison) something Coldplay might put together in their edgier moments, especially in the case of "Push Your Head Towards the Air" and "Well Worn Hand." Make no mistake: this is a decent album; it bears a craftsman-like solidity and many fans will no doubt be satisfied (and, more than that, happy) with it. But An End Has a Start is simply not the best album Editors are capable of putting together. Hopefully it's just a sophomore slump and not, in fact, the beginning of the end. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Good Follow up album

Having read the album review above i agree with a few points but disagree that it lacks powerful tracks like 'Bullets'.

Racing Rats is an emphatic statement of genius.
Escape the Nest has the same feel as Bullets to me - feel good song.

There are tracks on this album I would rate as their best material ever made. When Anger Shows is a brilliant example of great song writing. There are also sing a long songs being Smokers outside the hospital doors and An end has a start, i can't help but turn them up in the car and belt my heart out singing along.

I agree when you listen to the whole album at once it does feel like you miss the songs and i don't feel it flows well together.

All in all a very good follow up to arguably the best debut album ever made.

Better than TBR im my opinion

I love the Editors, but TBR has never gripped me like AEHAS does, I mean they really come into their own, Racing Rats is one of my favourite songs of all time.


Formed: 2002 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2003, Editors became one of the leading bands in the post-punk revival that swept America and England in the early 21st century. Originally dubbed Snowfield, the group comprised four music technology students from Stafford University -- singer/guitarist Tom Smith, lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, bassist Russell Leetch, and drummer Ed Lay -- all of whom had relocated to Birmingham after graduation. A series of a well-received club dates and demo recordings earned Editors some attention...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Alternative, Indie Rock
  • Released: 25 June 2007

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