• Record Label: Fader
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2007
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 85
  2. Negative: 9 out of 85

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  1. ShaneR
    Aug 21, 2007
    6
    Instantly likeable therefore gradually boring.
  2. DecepticonPom
    Oct 12, 2007
    5
    M'eh!
  3. AndyW
    Jul 11, 2007
    5
    It's too bad, these guys had something. Even though, The Back Room wasn't an amazing album, it still showed they had potential of being something. But after this record, I'm pretty disappointed with the result. Some songs are just way too overproduced and fall flat. And the lyrics on this record are terrible. The only songs worthy of praising are "Escape the Nest", "The It's too bad, these guys had something. Even though, The Back Room wasn't an amazing album, it still showed they had potential of being something. But after this record, I'm pretty disappointed with the result. Some songs are just way too overproduced and fall flat. And the lyrics on this record are terrible. The only songs worthy of praising are "Escape the Nest", "The Racing Rats", and the title track. Expand
  4. SteveH
    Jul 31, 2007
    6
    Not much to say about the editors album itself, but that quote from the playlouder review is one of the best that's ever been written! :)
  5. RobertD
    Jul 6, 2007
    6
    i really really was hoping for something similar to 'the back room'.. but i just didnt get it. theres just not enough to get excited about here... most of these tracks are pretty forgettable.. aside from 'end has a start' and 'smokers behind hospital doors'
  6. ChrisD
    Aug 23, 2007
    5
    With a dearth of any truly new albums to review, this one (released in June) came to me courtesy of Strange Scottish Girl. The Editors are a Birmingham (not Alabama) quartet who hit in 2005 with their debut
  7. TLW
    Jul 21, 2007
    4
    The allusions to Joy Division are way overblown. For all it's furrow-browed posturing this is just more music to compliment expensive furniture for the more pretentious middle-class consumer. It tries to be sincere, but the billowing, one-eye-on-U2 sound comes over as more than a little calculated. Doubtless it ticks all the right boxes for its intended audience though.
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. Occassionally, the songwriting does contain flashes of thoughtfulness.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.