The Back Room Review

artist: Editors date: 01/16/2008 category: compact discs
Editors: The Back Room
Released: Aug 16, 2005
Label: Kitchenware UK
Genres: Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 17
The Back Room is a promising debut and hopefully a sign of things to come: great vocals and lyrics, infectious hooks, solid musicianship.
 Sound: 7.4
 Lyrics: 7.2
 Overall Impression: 7.4
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overall: 8.3
The Back Room Reviewed by: MiniMusicMasta, on september 28, 2005
2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sound: The Editors are very fast but still have a lot of good music in the album. All the songs have a fast pace to them and some very fast picking of the guitar strings. They are on tour with Franz Ferdinand as their 'cover band' and are definitley worth listening to. All the songs, musically, are works of art. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics don't actually have a lot of background behind them, but are still good. Although the lyrics are quite flat, the vocalist is very good as an indie/rock singer. He makes up for this so I am giving the lyrics a 7. // 8

Overall Impression: The Editors can be compared to the music of U2, the lyrics cannot be compared as the vocalist sounds different to anyone I have ever heard. The most impressive songs are Lights, Munich, All Sparks, Fingers In The Factories and Bullets. I love the way this band are different in the way all their songs are intense but I am slightly disappointed they have not included any slower songs. If I lost this album, I would definitely buy it again. // 8

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overall: 7.7
The Back Room Reviewed by: ooowaaa, on december 09, 2005
2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: After hearing the piercing noise that was 'Bullets', Editors did not dissapoint with their follow up singles 'Munich' and 'Blood'. However, if you think you are going to be treated with the same sort of thing on the rest of the album, you will be surpirsed. Frontman Tom Smith and the Editor boys have produced a spookily suppressed album, one which sadly seems to rely on the singles to keep it flowing. Evry song sounds as though it could suddenly explode into a 'Munich' like chorus or riff, instead they fizzle out slowly. 'Lights' was a good sign of things to come, with it's slow yet enduring chorus. 'Munish' and 'Blood' draw you into the album, then the boys from Newcastle hit you with a slow and sleepy fourth track. 'Fall' could be considered a great song, but it sounds as though it has been recorded in a metal bin. It gives it originality, but its not originality that Editors need. It's ambitious sound shows sign of intent, but doesn't have enough to lift itself off the ground. The album fades out, without any real perk up or surprise in the end. // 7

Lyrics: Editors have always had an almost political edge to their lyrics, but what the album as a whole reminds me of when you listen to the lyrics is war. 'If we run, they'll look in the back room' from track 6 'Camera' is hauntingly brilliant, something that Smith obviously takes pride through naming the album after it. Editors' lyrical triumph domes from 'Fingers in the Factories', a working class masterpiece which takes you back to the mid '90s England. Smith's voice is more at home in the Muppet Show, but works with the music. His deep and flowing voice softens the blow of the sometimes piercing guitar noise, and he compliments the bass lines perfectly. Overall, Editors have a great lyrical sound to go with the music they produce. // 9

Overall Impression: Editors are in a a class of their own at the moent, however that class is the 'special' class. The world is not ready for Editors' depressing sound, so should stick to what they do best. Make the songs like 'Munich' but all the time. The song blew me away when I first heard it, and I was so shocked to hear 'The Back Room' and it's slow pace. An album with real promise, and probably cult status, but not one to listen to all the time. It's good for one time of year. Not summer (when it originally came out), not Christmas. So basically autumn (fall) when the leaves are dying and the animals are living underground. A solid but hauntingly strange debut. // 7

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overall: 7.3
The Back Room Reviewed by: white_noise, on october 24, 2005
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: The Editors effects box has obviously got stuck on the same effect, thank goodness it's the one it is, the sound of the guitar is highly original and even quite haunting at times. The riffs of songs fit perfectly with the style of the song. Stand out track, Camera is a brilliant example of this, the chords and individual notes are very moving (as this genre comes at least). I would try and compare this sound but I just can't. // 8

Lyrics: Probably the only downfall of the album, the singing is good and the lead vocalist has a very distinctive voice, possibly the bassiest I've heard. But the lyrics of some songs are just flawed. Munich (that still manages to be a good song) has unthoughtful, meaningless, repetitive words. However, songs like Lights have well written lyrics, its really a balance of good and bad. // 6

Overall Impression: For any fans of Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery or maybe even Athlete, The Back Room has to be heard. Stand out tracks include single, Blood, for catchyness and enjoyability, Lights for an amazing tune and Camera for sheer brilliance. This is a very good album but there aren't quite enough excellent songs to make it a classic. // 8

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overall: 6.7
The Back Room Reviewed by: UG Team, on june 30, 2006
0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: The music landscape in Britain now seem to have been divided by Franz Ferdinand. Everybody keeps to be compared to famous rioters -- bands are either before-Franz Ferdinand, alike-Franz Ferdinand or post-Franz Ferdinand. Joy Division tribute band Editor, wonderfully fit post-Franz space with a mid-tempo sonic debut album The Back Room. After a few unlucky attempts superstitious band renamed themselves from The Pride to Snowfield and then, after signing to Kitchenware Records in 20004, to Editors not to let the unlucky charms to follow them. According to the pictures enclosed in the CD booklet, the guys are pretty modest. And so is their music -- gloomy, severe, harsh and no flourishes! The Back Room opener Lights starts without any prelude - on the first second Tom Smith begins to sing I still love the light on baby... It is so straight forward that you wonder if your CD player started playing the track from the middle. There's plenty of emo on the record with Camera being the most emotional track. Drawling melody and keyboard background creates a melodrama picture. Songs are darkly-coloured and minor-harmonized with shrill guitars standing out on the downbeat base. Editors play their music effortlessly in a careless manner, though I guess guys had hard times coming up with new fresh ideas. Songs by all means avoid what we call drive and are rarely catchy. The exceptions may be Camera, Bullet and hypnotic Munich (which is the first single of the album). Most other material seems like a filler -- you forget about it as soon as the tracks ends. Every song has a strong guitar presence and dominant biting guitar lines while drums are very flat and seems like they have been created by one of music computer programs. // 7

Lyrics: The influence of legendary post-punks Joy Division didn't pass over singer Tom Smith and his Ian Curtis-ish lazy vocals. You would rarely find any expression in his baritone singing, Smith sounds like he's yawning, which gets boring at times. When it comes to melodies the band keeps it simple with plain vocal line and poor backvocals. Lyrics are a bit above average level with guess what I mean attitude, though still not very diverse. Songs are highly depressive, howling about death, fear and ermm... feeling blue?.. and yes, Coldplay presence is evident in every song. I wonder how pessimistic you should be to sing Everything I always wanted/Is right there but soon it won't be... // 6

Overall Impression: There's a lack of Cure and Interpol-alike bands that gives this Birmingham's quartet a preference among other up-and-comers. They might not be the best neo-post-punk musicians, but they've already created a big buzz around their debut (The Back Room reached number 13 in the UK during the first week of release and has already gone platinum -- pretty much a success for a new band)! Listening to the album, it gets obvious that The Back Room is Editors' debut LP -- the material is raw and needs some experience. But that's to be expected from a debut album, for the first record it's pretty tolerable. Moody tracks flow smoothly from the first one to the last, sometimes being a bit more optimistic, sometimes more eerie and cynical, but never too far from the melancholy atmosphere of the whole record. Editors got the weakness most new bands suffer from -- music is not very diverse and most songs hardly differ one from another. You would have to listen to The Back Room a few times to get into the purity and earnestness of the record. Primitivism of it looses in between other overloaded and tightly stuffs albums that music markets are full of now. // 7

- Kosh (c) 2006

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overall: 6.7
The Back Room Reviewed by: PRWNDWIA, on january 16, 2008
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Sound: You know what, yes you can draw comparisions to Joy Division, but to say the style and vocal delivery is the same is, well not entirely accurate. For starters the sound is a bit more heavier and tighter than joy division (Bullets for example) and the vocals are delivered in an emotional, yet not too lazy manner, but all in all yes, there are plenty of comparisons to be made, that's not to say this isnt a great sounding album however, just not revolutionary. While there's no riffs that you'll just have to learn to play, there are some amazing melodies which are fantastically complimented by the dark music provided by the band. // 6

Lyrics: There seems to a theme of "Disease" in this album, whether this is in the phsyical sense of the word or the mental sense, with songs like bullets and blood, which seem to be written about someones alcohol addiction. There are also some fantastic emotional songs such as fall which is just vocally delivered amazingly with so passion and understanding. // 7

Overall Impression: For a first album this is a great start, and is surprisingly a really easy listen, with melodies that'll be in your head all day (Munich). Some complain about the amount of filler, but to be honest bar the last two songs which I don't really think are anything too great, this album is a fantastic listen and at the knock down price it's at right now in most shops you would be stupid to miss out! I got mine for 1.99 so really it couldnt dissapoint! // 7

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