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Editors - The Back Room Review

by Eric Bodrero

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I'll give it to you straight here: the Editors lack any real lasting appeal that would make me admit my loyalty or give up my precious email address in exchange for up-to-date news on fan sites. There, I said it. It's not that their music sucks; it's decent material. It's your usual rock licks and keyboard fingering a la Bloc Party and…just about anything else playing on XM radio right now, which is the dilemma I have. Yes, I'm a sucker for 80's sounding synth rock, but I can only handle so many bands at one given time before I have to throw my hands up in surrender and just flat out say no to some. The post-punk synth-rock part of my brain is full to the point of overflowing, thanks to solid bands like the aforementioned Bloc Party, Killers, Franz, Futureheads, etc. Or, maybe those bands just came (somewhat) first and everything after just seems stolen. Any way you look at it, this style is wearing rather thin.

Having said that, The Back Room will keep you liking rock music for awhile (even if the band claims they aren't rock n' roll) with its wonderful production values, a more subdued and laid back approach, and a certain poignancy hidden in the background that will appeal to fans of Coldplay and Travis. Chalk up a 'cool' point for turning down a major label deal in favor of less conspicuous indie label Kitchenware and touring with Franz Ferdinand throughout Europe AND going platinum in the UK, and one can definitely see that the ultra success they have experienced thus far in their early careers isn't going away anytime soon. However, I would like to see the Editors invent something fresh and new on their next record that truly sets themselves apart from the ocean of similar sounding bands.


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