In This Light & On This Evening

Editors - In This Light & On This Evening
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2009 Ratings: #757 / 866
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2009 Ratings: #201
October 12, 2009 / Release Date
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The Fly

An album of wicked, venomous synth-stomps tramples your expectations into the ground.

Drowned in Sound
Editors have crafted a bold statement of intent, one that hopefully suggests a continuingly bold future.
While it seems they will probably never equal the majesty of their debut, Editors have dug themselves out of their artistic cul de sac at least long enough to plan their next move.

The change in emphasis is jarring at first, but embrace your inner goth and you’ll realize that the band’s signifiers — frontman Tom Smith’s outsize baritone, a penchant for high drama — remain intact.

Their sonic departure won't be radical enough to put off fans, but the ultimate feel is familiar enough not to persuade any detractors. They may have taken a step forward, but they're still on the same street.
No Ripcord
This third effort is trying too hard to innovate by, once again in Editors fashion, obviously borrowing from somewhere else.
Under The Radar

In their attempts to procure an oppressively dark ambience, they have bypassed heroes Depeche Mode and New Order, landing straight in standard-issue mall-Goth territory—a place with little thematic variance. 

A.V. Club
The highlights are few and far between: Editors may have thought they were progressing by getting synthesized, but it’s ultimately a case of one step forward and two steps back.

In This Light and on This Evening dials it down so far that it doesn’t contain one track that comes close to the power of songs they seemed to toss off so effortlessly before.


There’s no doubt that, in their own way, they’ve pushed the boat out far beyond the shallow emoting of ‘An End Has A Start’.

Slant Magazine
Despite embracing their electronic influences with much gusto on these more inspired outings, though, the record's middle stretch feels both forced and forgettable.
Fans of the band are either going to be blindly loyal, or extremely disappointed with this release. Meanwhile, those who felt that Editors were overly generic will either be interested in their new direction, or simply feel they are now generic in a different genre.
It's sort of a catch-22 that Editors can write songs sticky enough to be memorable in unfortunate ways.
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On their third album, Editors shifts away from the the dark post-punk music they are primarily known for and takes a step towards new wave. The guitars are replaced by synthesizers, the irregular drum beats with the regular beating of a drum machine. While this means that the band effectively renews it sounds and offers a record of fresh-sounding songs, it also means that some of the charm surrounding their music is gone. Other than ... read more
While the emphasis on synth is a welcomed evolution of the band, one can't help that this new wave evolution is predictable and dry.

Favorite tracks: In This Light And On This Evening, Papillon
Fav Tracks: Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool, Bricks And Mortar, Papillon
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Track List

  1. In This Light And On This Evening
  2. Bricks And Mortar
  3. Papillon
  4. You Don't Know Love
  5. The Big Exit
  6. The Boxer
  7. Like Treasure
  8. Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
  9. Walk The Fleet Road
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