Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. This is a decent album; it bears a craftsman-like solidity and many fans will no doubt be satisfied (and, more than that, happy) with it. But An End Has a Start is simply not the best album Editors are capable of putting together.
  2. Tom Smith's emotive vocals and the dense wall of guitars strike the perfect balance between moody, underground noise and more accessible, arena-bound rock.
  3. 40
    Tom Smith's stentorian baritone, irritating in its overenunciated approximations of gravitas, is better suited to some community-theater group than a rock band.
  4. 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.
  5. Occassionally, the songwriting does contain flashes of thoughtfulness.
  6. An End Has a Start actually sounds like it was crafted as ten quite individual chapters of a long-running saga; surprisingly, though, it ultimately works better than its predecessor as a cohesive, flowing album.
  7. We'll give the Editors the benefit of the doubt, thanks to majestic jems like 'Smokers Outside the Hospital Dooros' and the existential title track.
  8. In places An End Has a Start is bleakly compelling; nevertheless, great swathes of the record strain towards a pasty arena-rock future.
  9. 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.
  10. An End Has a Start turns out to be a pupae album--it's Editors stretching their sonic muscles, poking the first spindles of whatever new form they'll take out of their gloom-rock cocoon come album three.
  11. These 10 songs repeatedly strike the same dynamic and evoke the same vague drama, each sounding more perfunctory--and more soulless--than the previous.
  12. It's a shame that premature commercial success has sullied Editors' creativity, because An End contains its share of bright spots.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. They are still too tied to their musical ancestors for any serious maturation to take place.
  16. The songs get puffed and fluffed up but lose the wiry edge of "Munich," burying Chris Urbanowicz's guitar until it all sounds like Coldplay. Nice tunes, but louder, please.
  17. 70
    Editors have acquired a sense of urgency and emotion they lacked on "The Back Room." [Aug 2007, p.98]
  18. A record that's so deathly serious that each of it's ten songs could be associated with its very own biblical plague.
  19. With albums as strong as An End Has A Start, Editors may get the last laugh.
  20. It's nice to be reminded that the world is shit and we're all gonna die. Editors have mastered the form.
  21. Singer Tom Smith tempers his constant anxiety with flashes of optimism, his brittle nihilism with gooey sentiment.
  22. 80
    Avoiding the ponderous repetition that dragged down songs like “Bullets” on the first record, they concoct a gentler, dreamier atmosphere with less apparent anxiety, and create a shadowy veil of sadness, shot through with hopeful transcendence.
  23. For all of its stadium aspirations and ggrand soundscapes, An End Has A Start runs together in a way The Back Room didn't. [Summer 2007, p.73]
  24. 50
    It appears they have emulated themselves on their sophomore (and sophomoric sounding) effort.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. sandenos
    Jul 21, 2007
    8
    Excellent tunes. Rivals U2 for dishing up some champion stadium-filling anthems.Well done lads.
  3. TrekD
    Jul 18, 2007
    10
    Brilliant second album!