In This Light & On This Evening

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Frontman Tom Smith is clearly still touchy about "living out ­second-hand cliches", but his band are finding their own voice.
  2. Uncut
    80
    Guitar band goes synth' isn't going to stop any presses, but this new phase perfectly suits Editors well. [Nov 2009, p. 84]
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    Thanks to nuanced production by Flood and a dizzying array of synthesizer textures, In This Light & On This Evening is a resounding step forward for the British band. [Feb 2009, p.93]
  4. While Smith & Co. may overuse a keyboard riff or two on In This Light, we shouldn't really let that sully this dark, majestic detour.
  5. Filter
    76
    It's hard to talk about the Editors without drawing comparisons to their Great Brit predecessors Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, and on In This Light, these comparisons ring true. [Holiday 2009, p. 92]
  6. Editors have crafted a bold statement of intent, one that hopefully suggests a continuingly bold future.
  7. Brummie Rockers offer electro-led punch in the nose.
  8. While it seems they will probably never equal the majesty of their debut, Editors have dug themselves out of their artistic cul de sac at least long enough to plan their next move.
  9. 70
    The change in emphasis is jarring at first, but embrace your inner goth and you'll realize that the band's signifiers--frontman Tom Smith's outsize baritone, a penchant for high drama--remain intact.
  10. It's hard not to see Editors' third album, In This Light and on This Evening, as its New Ordering-a marked shift away from guitars to synthesizers and a cleaner, dance-friendly vibe that still maintains much of the emotional heft. But the transition can seem a bit self-conscious.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 31, 2011
    9
    In "An End has a start" e soprattutto in "The Back Room" è la chitarra lo strumento più in risalto, mentre in questoIn "An End has a start" e soprattutto in "The Back Room" è la chitarra lo strumento più in risalto, mentre in questo album viene relegata in un ruolo marginale, sovrastata da synth danzerecci e/o cupi. Il risultato è un album molto diverso rispetto ai 2 precedenti, in cui il genere dominante è un synth/rock in pieno stile Depeche. Le mie preferite del disco sono "You Don't Know Love" e "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool" Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2012
    9
    I love this album. The synths add to their dark sound and I think that this is a good balance of guitars and keyboards. The first time II love this album. The synths add to their dark sound and I think that this is a good balance of guitars and keyboards. The first time I listened this record, I was a bit disappointed, it's completely different from The Back Room and An End Has A Start, but time after time I discovered that this album is really great. Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    Definitely a change in direction for the band on this record and this has to be admired even if it doesn't go all their own way. Overall, it'sDefinitely a change in direction for the band on this record and this has to be admired even if it doesn't go all their own way. Overall, it's got good solid tracks on it without too many stand outs. The song writing by the band is very good and the production is done very well. It feels like it was recorded in a factory and reminds me of the Terminator soundtrack in parts. The problem with this record is it's probably turned a lot of people off them and it will remain to be seen if anyone will still be listening when they resurface. Full Review »