Editors are back with their fourth studio album; The Weight of Your Love, a welcome return to the scene for the UK alt-rockers.

This new album is their first in nearly four years since In This Light and On This Evening, an album that marked a strong change in direction that saw the band channelling Joy Division with darker and minimal themes. This sudden change in sound was one of the main reasons that the album received mixed reviews.

The Weight of Your Love sees the band back to a more familiar sound. That being said the album isn’t overly like their first two, more successful, albums either. It has to be said, this reviewer is a fan of their previous album, but most existing fans will be happy they’ve again changed musical direction, one that isn’t their former path, but closer to it.

This new album, despite also receiving mixed reviews prior to release, is one hell of an album. It’s an album that when you listen to, you wonder how you wouldn’t like it.

Much of the album was recorded live and it feels much more honest than previous albums and is rid of the pretention that plagued the last album and a handful of tracks on the earlier records.

Album opener ‘The Weight’(video below) is one of the slower, intense, introspective songs on the record. Strings, pounding drums and striking lyrics from singer Tom Smith make it a powerful song while the sound is rather restrained at the same time.

‘Sugar’ brings a heaver drumbeat into the mix yet contrasts it with lighter guitars and high piano notes. Editors have always been very good at putting together instruments in a way which shouldn't work in theory, yet they find a way. The song also showcases dynamic lyrics such as, “there’s sugar on your soul, and you’re like no one I know, you’re the life of another world”.

‘A Tone of Love’ is a lighter affair that is thoroughly upbeat, particularly during the chorus. One that features Smith shouting “desire” repeatedly and defiantly, if not slightly triumphantly.

‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ is clearly the track that sounds most like some of the bare, stark numbers on the last album. However it doesn’t house the the same haunting and cold vocals; instead it feels warm despite minimal instrumentation for much of the song. When more elements are added, it lightly sweeps you up and saves the song from feeling fake and pretentious as it might do with just a piano backing.

Editors’ new album is a return to the best form of their career. The record is one that is appealing from the first listen yet also manages to grow on you as you invest in repeat listens, something that the band duly reward you for with a rich and confident album.

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