After manoeuvring themselves well out the way of the ’00s indie cull, Editors find themselves still very much alive in 2018. If their fifth album (2015’s self-produced ‘In Dream’) presented the Birmingham U2-worshippers as survivors, their sixth at times even makes a case for a return to the spotlight.
Lead single ‘Magazine’ possess the moodiness of Interpol with added euphoria, while ‘Violence’ creates an creepy yet endearing atmosphere throughout its six-minute run.
The problem, ultimately, is over-indulgence - and it holds ‘Violence’ back from being a true return to form. Piano ballad ‘No Sound But The Wind’ drags its heels in a ‘Coldplay at their worst’ kind of way, whereas ‘Belong’ confirms the album’s desperate need for some hard editing.
As with almost every Editors record post Mercury-nominated debut ‘The Back Room’, there are fleeting moments to enjoy. But while aiming for something epic in scope, the five-piece have again delivered an album that will keep wheels turning for another few years.