The disaffected vocals that are such a major facet of Editorsâ€™ sound is something that has to be related to prior acts, most notably Joy Division. For example, songs like â€œBloodâ€ have the same wide-open style that â€œTransmissionâ€ has all those years ago. Every constituent part of Editorsâ€™ music is intricately tied to the rest of the music on the disc, even if there are wide spaces between each instrument. â€œFallâ€ is a slower track, and brings the Editors into a closer relationship to Interpol. However detached Editors might be from their audience, there is still a catchy aloofness to each track on â€œBack Roomâ€ that will cause each track to be played ad nauseam on any reputable indie rock show.
Tracks like â€œAll Sparksâ€ mix The Cure with Big Country in terms of depth; even when the band goes into repetitive arrangements, they do not last for long enough to draw the band into a rut. The synthesizer opening for â€œCameraâ€ mix well with the crooned out, almost Franz Ferdinand-ish style to the vocals, and give Editors another distinctly different style to succeed with on this disc. â€œCameraâ€ has Editors take a further step into synthesizers, as the synthesizers during this track approach a level nearing that of Europe. The presence of the synthesizer during â€œCameraâ€ creates an entirely new atmosphere for the band, one that haunts listeners for well after the track (not to mention the disc) ends. â€œFingers in the Factoriesâ€ scales back the synthesizer and restores the bass line to former prominence; the unity of the two instruments may just be the catchiest development during the track, until the exhortations made by the vocals kick in. Each of the tracks on â€œBack Roomâ€ acts like a subsequent puzzle piece, so that by the end of the disc individuals have a complete idea of what the band is attempting to do with the disc.
The sped-up tempo of a song like â€œFingers in the Factoriesâ€ gives individuals enough in the way of a boost that all are able to make it through the rest of the disc. Without a weak space in Editorsâ€™ armor, this may just be the next big album in regards to the influential power of it; the style is not something that is completely new and divourced from the rest of music, but catches and links together some formerly distinct styles of music.
Top Tracks: Fingers in the Factories, All Sparks
Editors â€“ Back Room / 2006 Fader Label / 10 Tracks / http://www.editorsmusic.co.uk / http://www.faderlabel.com / Reviewed 09 April 2006