On their first two records the editors celebrated dark wave à la Joy Division. Although they always offered pop moments, they always sounded dark and desperate, not least because of Tom Smith's grave voice. With the last album this changed a bit and the dismissal of guitarist Chris Urbanowicz probably did the rest: Editors put down with "The Weight Of Your Love" a flawless stadium rock album, which reminds very much of the Simple Minds of "Once Upon A Time" times and puts pathetically staged drama in the centre. Smith first had to change his vocal style, which is especially noticeable in the painless Bon Jovi-like hymn "A Ton Of Love". In between he sometimes sings with his head voice and tries to imitate a bono. The song structure, on the other hand, reminds partly of Muse, without the band succeeding in reaching their sound technical finesse. This is a strange development, but it is not always negative: After all, the editors have managed to enrich their previously one-dimensional sound.
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