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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. 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.
  4. They are still too tied to their musical ancestors for any serious maturation to take place.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. Dec 6, 2011
    A very decent follow up to their debut, this has a bigger, grander sound but lacks the hooks and riffs that were ever present throughout The Back Room. It's a progression in the sense that this record aims for a higher return and wider audience while at the same time trying to stay true to their original style. Expand

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