Editors - Violence
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #321 / 358
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #281
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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.


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.

Mar 10, 2018
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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May 20, 2018
This album is creative and innovative. It’s a great listen all the way through. It’s my favorite Editors album to date and deserves more than the mediocre and sometimes dismal reviews it’s seen thus far.
Apr 10, 2018
▲ Cold, Darkness At The Door, Belong
Mar 17, 2018
Editors are so underrated that it’s criminal. I don’t see how they get panned from critics. Awesome artwork and tremendous music by Tom Smith and company.
Mar 14, 2018
Here's a shocker, Editors start this album off just fine with a fresh new sound that seems to fit them perfectly. That's not a shocker at all actually, because it's literally how every Editors album has started. This time around they incorporate hulking production and much heavier synths. But Editors to me don't seem to be all-in on it. Like, they WANT to be dark and heavy without being edgy. The result is just fine at first, but by the end of the album is seriously bland and boring. Not ... read more
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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

Added on: January 16, 2018