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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the British indie rock band was self-produced and features a guest appearance from Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.
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Life Is a Fear
Life is a fear of falling Life is a fear of falling through All the cracks Wait around here long enough, you'll see Another junction, line up and... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mojo
    Oct 1, 2015
    80
    The bulk of In Dream is much darker, but no less alluring. [Nov 2015, p.94]
  2. Oct 2, 2015
    80
    This is an album of highly compositional, slow-burn epics that build with Kubrick-ian intensity and attention to detail.
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    80
    From the haunting atmospherics to the ‘80s soaked electronica, there is much to love about the album. Those looking for the band that first appeared in 2002, however, will be disappointed--the traces are almost completely gone, so it’s time to accept and embrace the new Editors.
  4. Oct 1, 2015
    70
    In spite of In Dream’s polite frills, big crowdpleasers, and abstract ideals, Editors still hold fast to a sense of self that throbs harder than ever.
  5. For now, Editors sound like a band in need of precisely what their name advertises.
  6. Oct 2, 2015
    60
    Accordingly, In Dream is an uneven affair; fabulously ambitious in places, and weirdly subdued in others.
  7. Q Magazine
    Oct 1, 2015
    40
    The result is confusion, of what the band really wishes to be. [Nov 2015, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    It's like binging on Game of Thrones... for the ears. J'adore. I listen to "The Law" daily. Sexy stuff. I love when bands take risks and goIt's like binging on Game of Thrones... for the ears. J'adore. I listen to "The Law" daily. Sexy stuff. I love when bands take risks and go rogue. Sinking my teeth into something new. Keep up the good work, y'all. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2015
    9
    I think this is Editors' best album to date: It is instrumentally, lyrically and composition-wise the most complicated and sophisticated one.I think this is Editors' best album to date: It is instrumentally, lyrically and composition-wise the most complicated and sophisticated one. And unlike the other reviewers here, this "sophistication" does not seem forced nor unnecessarily complex to me. I think the band is trying to define itself somewhere between new-wave and post punk and this album is a great combination of both genres. It is definitely a strong 8 to weak 9. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2015
    9
    This is maybe the most fully realized body of work the Editors have put out since their debut "The Backroom". The question is, however, if itThis is maybe the most fully realized body of work the Editors have put out since their debut "The Backroom". The question is, however, if it can mark the transition from a former alt-rock band to a new, synth-coldwave-pop band. Many fans will without a doubt miss the Backroom-editors on this record with their direct and fast-forward style, but "In Dream" neither wants to be nor needs to be same Editors from their first record. Simply put: they are gone for the most part.

    The Editors now are a fully fleshed-out synth-pop band that still manages to stay true to the melancholic and oftentimes anthemic sound they established in the course of their career. This transition from a former alt-rock band has been going on for quite some time now, with an atmospheric "ITLAOTE" that fell flat in terms of lyrics and a fairly medicore "The weight of your love" that just couldn´t decide whether it wanted to keep the new style or revive the old Editors. The result was an album that had some massive flaws and felt like every good song was immediately followed by corny and sometimes outright awful Coldplay-esque stadion-pop.

    On In Dream, they have finally decided to BE a synth-pop band and go with their ITLAOTE-approach and it pays off. The songs are oftentimes more reduced and try to create a true atmosphere that carries the whole album instead of going for a few good songs and leaving the rest as filler-material. Almost everything seems to be in the right place with the Editors standing up for their complete change in a confident way. The more subdued songs compared to their former efforts like "No harm", "Our Love" and "Forgiveness" carry the whole album, while bombastic (yet not unintentionally hilarious) coldwave-beasts like "The Law" and "Life is a fear" give the whole album a sense of purpose in form of true climaxes. Meanwhile, "All the Kings" and "Ocean of Night" happily indulge themselves in danceable pop-territory while achieving the unexpected, which is not drifting off into unintentional cheesiness or lyrical nonsense, but instead producing hooking anthems with a tremendous sense for the right timing of the emotional outbursts.

    It´s great that all these songs work. Sadly, not all do that in quite the same extent. "Salvation" repeats the mistake from "TWOYL" and throws a half-balked stadion-anthem with no real variety in your face, wobbling back and forth between coldwave-influences and cheesy stadion-pop, even though the chorus is well arranged and the compelling shifts in the tempo redeem it to some extent. "At all cost", however, simply doesn´t work with its pseudo-ambient sound since it´s blatantly apparent that its real purpose is just filling the niche of a power-ballad that was shoehorned in to provide a song of that sort. While it´s not terribly bad, it doesn´t fit in "In Dream" as a whole, creating an awkward tonal dissonace between the preceding "All the Kings" and the following "Marching Orders", which would have both flown beautifully into each other without this track. "Marching orders" is also quite dividing, since it works well as a reviving pop-song in the beginning, yet for some, it could seem too drawn out as a whole in the end. It´s a pleasantly passionate song that works well in the contex of being an album-finisher with the second part fading out appropiately, but releasing it as a single does not seem a wise choice in retrospective since it feels ripped out of its intended role.

    In the end, however, "In Dream" is a surprsingly interesting, confident and rewarding listen that despite minor missteps marks the beginning for a bright future for the Editors. Their most compelling and fully-realized work since "The Backroom" and definitely a reason to dive into their gloomy world once again. 8,5/10 Stars.

    Tips: "The Law", "Life is a Fear", "Forgiveness", "No Harm", "Our Love"
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  4. Oct 2, 2015
    7
    Editors are looking at In Dream for a way through the synth-pop of the eighties and adding the influences from electronic music to it. TheEditors are looking at In Dream for a way through the synth-pop of the eighties and adding the influences from electronic music to it. The dreamlike atmospheres which the band creates aren't equally spread between the songs. Where the musicality sometimes effectively works towards the moment of discharge, other numbers remain too much on the surface of the music of the past. Yet the band in its more sophisticated sounds and with the addition of Rachel Goswell maintain itself in their musical development. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2015
    7
    It's not a bad album but it's not the same band. Editors evolved into darker version of Coldplay, only softer and with more synth sounds. TheyIt's not a bad album but it's not the same band. Editors evolved into darker version of Coldplay, only softer and with more synth sounds. They almost sound like gothic version of Pet Shop Boys. Whatever happened to the haunting sounds of guitar present on first 3 albums? Even on "The Weight Of Your Love" there was "Sugar", a fantastic, guitar driven song. You won't find any songs like that on this album. With that being said, after getting used to the change of sound there are some great songs on this album. And of course as always with Editors, there are some terrific bonus tracks/b-sides. Alternative version of "No Harm" stands out. Does this album deserve "o" stars? No, that is reserved for albums of "One Direction". You can't award ZERO for hard work and creativity and Editors still have that even if they sound like "Dead Can Dance"!!! I wish they would have changed their name after the departure of Chris Urbanowicz though. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2015
    6
    Editors will never get anywhere near the back room which was a very special album. This is the bands fifth release and it is another one thatEditors will never get anywhere near the back room which was a very special album. This is the bands fifth release and it is another one that doesn't define who they are. I don't understand what they are trying to do anymore. There are two good tracks on this album, ocean of night and marching orders. A critic has described this album as Kubrickian. That is a disgrace to the great man who's attention to detail was so intense it was scary. This album is no stand out and Editors remain in music purgatory for another year like a person who doesn't know who they are. 6 out of 10. An album that will be forgotten and make a hard quiz question in only a few months time. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I listened to the album and all the tracks are boring! This is not the same band unfortunately. The album artwork is a disappointment (only Tom on the cover, why?), the lyrics did not inspire anything. This is a Dreamy album? Of course not. Editors are nothing now. Bye Editors RIP. Expand

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