AOTY 2018


Editors - Violence
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #632 / 702
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2018 Ratings: #645
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
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Now on album No.6, they’ve made as many records in their current incarnation as they did in their first, and have covered enough ground to avoid expectations. ‘Violence’ does precisely that.

With Violence, the Editors have crafted a big pop album on their own terms, rife with grand, operatic gestures and heat-seeking hooks that cut deep, just as they put salve on your wounds.

Northern Transmissions

Despite their triumphant writing however, the sound behind it is often so vanilla that you may not even notice the writing.


It may not be an easy listening experience at times, but Violence is ultimately an album that deserves your patience.

Drowned in Sound

It’s clear with Violence that Editors are working to build upon their new sound instead of re-inventing and re-producing, and though their efforts of combining dark indie disco pop with more morose lyrics and guitar undertones, it is a refreshing new direction.

The album altogether is enjoyable but risks too much as a method of visualizing its distinction from the band's preceding albums.
Under The Radar

While the shift to a kinder and gentler sound doesn't live up to the spectacular music of past efforts, you can't fault the band for trying something new to broaden their appeal. And even with a few shortcomings, Violence still has enough alluring music to make it a worthwhile endeavor.


While aiming for something epic in scope, the five-piece have again delivered an album that will keep wheels turning for another few years.

The Guardian

Some experimentation doesn’t land, but for the most part, Violence is a thoroughly unexpected ​career peak.

The Skinny
It lacks consistency on the whole, but their ferocious new direction results in Editors sounding the best they have in years.
No Ripcord

Sure, Violence may make you roll your eyes as much as tap your feet, but when everything comes together, Editors manage to sound like a genuinely exciting prospect for the first time in years.


Overall, the album feels like it’s missing something to give it that final push to stand out amongst the band’s back catalogue but that doesn’t mean that their spark has burned out just yet.


Violence, their sixth full-length album, is easily their worst to date, a collection of some of the band’s weakest and most uninspired songs.

Rather than a coherent and recognisable new sound, it seems as though all manner of ideas are being thrown at the wall to see what sticks.
Spectrum Culture

Violence, album number six for the Brit rockers, is a sleek body of work that finds the group solidifying their sound. But that sound is still derivative and unexciting.

Everything seen in "In Dream" compounded here, synths are heavier, sugary almost. Lyrically editors are lost in the intangible. It's lovely to see "No Sound But The Wind" finally having an home, even though its newest iteration being a bit too polished much like Radiohead's "True Love Waits".

Overall, its a short, little expansion of Editors sound, whether that sound is all that great still hangs in the balance, but its pleasant all the same.

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The collection of tracks on Violence are Editors’ most inconsistent and aimless yet, while still having some admirable production, atmosphere, and vocals.

Best tracks: Hallelujah (So Low), Nothingness, Belong
Worst tracks: Cold, Magazine
In Dream era un esperimento, Violence è una certezza. Troviamo insieme i synth di In This Light & On This Evening, le chitarre di The Back Room, le melodie di The Weight of Your Love; non si può chiedere di più. Forse l'album andava amalgamato meglio, da un punto di vista di mix, e alcune chitarre di Lockey messe più in luce; dal vivo la differenza si sente, alcune canzoni prendono vita magicamente, Belong in primis. No Sound but the Wind "stona" un po' ... read more
Despite their new, electronic outfit that clearly doosn't fit them, this is the right time to express a question i had for some time now: why do the Editors keep releasing albums that, besides the title or the cover, have nothing really to say.
1. Cold - 7.5
2. Hallelujah (So Low) - 5.0
3. Violence - 6.0
4. Darkness at the Door - 7.0
5. Nothingness - 6.0
6. Magazine - 7.5
7. No Sound but the Wind - 5.0
8. Counting Spooks - 6.0
9. Belong - 4.5

44.5/90 - 49.44/100
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Track List

  1. Cold
  2. Hallelujah (So Low)
  3. Violence
  4. Darkness at the Door
  5. Nothingness
  6. Magazine
  7. No Sound but the Wind
  8. Counting Spooks
  9. Belong
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Added on: January 16, 2018