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  • Summary: The Birmingham, England group tries to escape the sophmore slump and comparisons to other bands with their second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. This album is fucking brilliant – it made me want to cut my hair, paint the ceiling, fuck the postman and burn the disco down. So I did. Then I curled up in a corner, cried, and shat myself.
  2. The band's sophomore disc, which teems with drama and dark dollops of piano that swarm beautifully around singer-guitarist Tom Smith's clarion-call voice, continues to make good on the hype while again drawing on the past.
  3. Singer Tom Smith tempers his constant anxiety with flashes of optimism, his brittle nihilism with gooey sentiment.
  4. They are still too tied to their musical ancestors for any serious maturation to take place.
  5. By producing a more polished, more accomplished sheen while The Killers have roughed themselves up and forgotten to shave, the two bands have moved towards a middle ground where they're virtually indistinguishable.
  6. An End Has a Start doesn’t have the glorious indie-disco hits of Editors’ debut, and its toned-down sheen leaves us wishing for more bite.
  7. A record that's so deathly serious that each of it's ten songs could be associated with its very own biblical plague.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. MarkL.
    Jul 10, 2007
    10
    An Amazing Follow to The Back Room. Could be the Cd of the year
  2. Steve
    Jul 19, 2007
    10
    Terrific once again. A worthwhile investment.
  3. DW.
    Sep 13, 2007
    10
    This is a great album and flows much better than The Back Room. The band is certainly maturing and writing better songs. An excellent live This is a great album and flows much better than The Back Room. The band is certainly maturing and writing better songs. An excellent live act as well. Love this new stuff. Expand
  4. Garrett
    Jul 17, 2007
    9
    It's a tight album and one of the best I've heard so far this year. It's not my favorite album out of the UK this year (that It's a tight album and one of the best I've heard so far this year. It's not my favorite album out of the UK this year (that would be the new Art Brut) but I certainly think this album is better than the debut. Expand
  5. DavidH.
    Nov 17, 2007
    8
    A truly great follow-up to the exceptional 'in the back room' they seem to have matured well, produces songs with such epic A truly great follow-up to the exceptional 'in the back room' they seem to have matured well, produces songs with such epic quailty! the only criticism is that the album is slightly too depressing in places, songs like weight of the world are bogged down and dreary. Overall though, the album is again a solid effort, if slightly less than the debut; it still features some of their best songs yet. A great achievement! best songs- smokers outside the hospital doors, an end has a start, when anger shows, the racing rats, escape the nest and spiders. Expand
  6. ShaneR
    Aug 21, 2007
    6
    Instantly likeable therefore gradually boring.
  7. ralphs.
    Jul 18, 2007
    1
    This album is void of anything genuine; it sounds so derivative, like one had the most popular albums from 4 years ago only, listened to them This album is void of anything genuine; it sounds so derivative, like one had the most popular albums from 4 years ago only, listened to them over and over again in a week's time then rushed an album together in few days, always checking to see if the songs sound exactly the same.... forget the comparisons to Joy Division, this band of poseurs is so not in their league... And forget the comparisons to Interpol, Editors cannot hold a candle to Interpol, and that by no means is praise for Interpol either. Expand

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