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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    70
    Produced by Jacquire King in Nashville, the album has a distinctly organic feel, as if it were recorded in an old theater.
  2. Jul 1, 2013
    60
    It’s hardly going to break any new ground, but it might allow Editors to escape from their past to some degree, and allow them to branch out and explore new--albeit, already charted--territory.
  3. Jul 10, 2013
    50
    It's hard to find anything out of the ordinary here beyond the usual blend of angst rock and stadium bombast. [Aug 2013, p.69]
  4. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    The results may not add to a fanbase that struggles to extend beyond the UK and the good folk of Belgium and Germany, but Editors give themselves a new lease of life here. [Aug 2013, p.94]
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    Editors' fourth retains their customary grandeur and gloom, but with a new immediacy and surety, as Tom Smith matures into a truly commanding frontman. [Aug 2013, p.86]
  6. Jul 16, 2013
    30
    No matter what mode they’re in, they manage to turn four-minute songs into small eternities.
  7. It all ends not with a bang, but a shrug.
  8. Aug 28, 2013
    50
    There are glimmers of the band that went before. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.130]
  9. Jun 27, 2013
    50
    Too many songs spend too much time doing precisely nothing.
  10. Jun 27, 2013
    60
    The songwriting is solid but although their overall sonic palate has been shuffled, they remain a band largely focused on doing things with a tried-and-tested format.
  11. Jun 27, 2013
    40
    Lyrics look for punch but miss--"I don't trust the government/ I don't trust myself"--but it's the piecemeal sound that seems most off.
  12. Jul 2, 2013
    54
    The ideas behind Weight have some potential, but Editors can’t seem to pull them off successfully.
  13. Jul 8, 2013
    70
    Although The Weight of Your Love doesn't succeed to the same extent as other, older European rock albums drenched in American influences, it makes for a nicely retooled, if occasionally misguided, formula.
  14. Jul 25, 2013
    58
    There are a few thrilling moments here—notably the cinematic ballad “Nothing”--but the band mostly flounders as it seeks a new direction.
  15. Jun 27, 2013
    74
    Comprised of bass-driven pop turns (see the hooky backing vocals of ‘Formaldehyde’) and evocative mood pieces containing occasional flourishes of Americana (courtesy of American co-producer Jacquire King), nothing in the album’s solid latter half will reach out and grab you. However, there is just enough diversity evident in these tunes to stave off indifference and reward repeated listening.
  16. Jun 27, 2013
    40
    The whole exercise seems so carefully crafted and desperately needy that any joy found within The Weight Of Your Love wears off the more you play it.
  17. Jul 1, 2013
    70
    With a bit more focus and a more cohesive feel running throughout it, this could've been a great record. As it is, perhaps as a result of their success to date and the expectation it undoubtedly brings, it feels almost like a missed opportunity.
  18. 75
    The band’s audible aspiration towards greatness on this album is the most welcome aspect about it. You can hear the effort that was put into making it as galactic and sprawling as it is.
  19. 40
    The Editors here step backwards into the crepuscular netherworld of Eighties new wave from whence they took their original inspiration.
  20. What’s inside? Nothing. Which is, coincidentally, what this album adds to the treasury of human art.
  21. 60
    The anthemic Formaldehyde and Sugar both have the potential to be big radio hits, while Two Hearted Spider is more down-tempo, but no less powerful for it. It's not without its longueurs, however.
  22. Jul 8, 2013
    40
    ‘A Ton Of Love’ shows they’ve not lost their knack for passably impersonating Echo & the Bunnymen, but really, you deserve better than this hazily indistinct angst.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    This album is amazing. Another example of how the Editors are able to change their sound and excel with new dynamics. Just as ITLAOTE focused on synth driven melodies, this album focuses on Tom's lyrics and lugubrious vocals. Sure, it's unlikely we'll ever hear the raw power found in The Back Room, but it's better for them to explore new sounds then rehash the same album every two years. This is an album I'll be happy to play with my girlfriend in the car, it's not too depressing and is rather beautiful at times. Luckily, we still have their older work, and can swap out their records according to what you're in the mood to listen to! Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    9
    This album is great At the beginning i thought it was total crap, all this ballads were unnecessary and just didn't fit. But after a while i realised that Editors made something something different and something better. Their music is now more American, and i think this is the reason of so low reviews. For me one of the best album of the 2013, so far. Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2013
    10
    Albums as good as this are very rare. Stunningly brilliant. The bad reviews on this site are simply wrong. Go out and get it now you won't regret it.