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An End Has a Start
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Album: An End Has a Start
# Song Title   Time
1)    Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors
2)    End Has a Start, An
3)    Weight of the World, The
4)    Bones
5)    When Anger Shows
6)    Racing Rats, The
7)    Push Your Head Towards the Air
8)    Escape the Nest
9)    Spiders
10)    Well Worn Hand
 
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Performer Notes
  • Editors (UK): Chris Urbanowicz (guitar); Russell Leetch (bass guitar); Ed Lay, Tom Smith (background vocals).
  • Personnel: Alison Dodds, Fiona McCapra (violin); Anya Ullman (viola); James Banbury (cello); Sam Bell (programming, unknown instrument); Jacknife Lee (programming); Dani Castelar, Rob Whitaker, Jackie Wade, Edith Bowman (unknown instrument); Tom McFall, Anne Struther, Garret Lee (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Jon Gray (unknown instrument).
  • Audio Mixers: Jacknife Lee; Cenzo Townshend.
  • Recording information: AIR Studios; Grouse Lodge Studios; Miloco; The Garage.
  • For their sophomore outing, AN END HAS A START, the U.K. indie-rock act Editors present another set of brooding, post-punk-inspired songs. While sonic similarities to Interpol remain undeniable, particularly in the dry vocal delivery of singer/guitarist Tom Smith, the Birmingham-based ensemble actually leans more towards the expansive sound of Bloc Party's second record, A WEEKEND IN THE CITY, here--not surprising since both albums share in-demand producer Jacknife Lee.
  • Given Lee's knack for pristine, guitar-heavy arrangements, Editors are able to cut loose with a grand aesthetic that is best embodied by the bold opening track, "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors," which takes cues from heralded shoegazer heroes Ride in its reverbed six-string squalls. Though Editors continue to wear their influences on their sleeves, Smith's earnest, if slightly detached, demeanor and the band's wire-tight tunes allow them to maintain their own identity.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.98) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Editors have acquired a sense of urgency and emotion....[Smith] comes off like a real guy experiencing real life."

Uncut (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "When Editors go straight for the heart, often they strike their truest, and most resonant, chord."

Uncut (p.65) - "[With] majestic gems like 'Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors' and the existential title track, set to a gut-busting kick drum..." -- Grade: B

Alternative Press (p.170) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] durable melodies....Raging punk-disco stompers like 'Bones' and 'The Racing Rats' recall the first album..."
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