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EDITORS – EBM – ALBUM REVIEW
Editors debuted the single, ‘Heart Attack’, back in April with the announcement of Benjamin John Power joining the band. New album, ‘EBM’ was set for release and a number of subsequent singles have hinted that Power’s arrival on keys, synths and electronics coincides with a focus on such from the band.
Born in the indie landfill mid-noughties, Editors always stood apart and above from their contemporaries by infusing an electronic element into their dark guitar-centric sound. Throughout the next decade or so they’ve continually evolved with the times and that has seen guitars and synths swap places in the mix.
What has helped Editors both grow their audience and retain their core following is that they’ve done so well with quality music at the forefront. They’ve never abandoned their beliefs for the glory of chart success, but have found chart success nevertheless.
The shift of focus almost fully into the world of electronics hinted at in the pre-album singles is fully borne out on ‘EBM’. This is now far removed from the all out indie rock of debut album, ‘The Back Room’. It helps that the transition has been gradual and not the instant transformation that many bands have tried and often failed to enact.
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‘EBM’ feels like an honest record from the band, in that this is clearly what the band want to be doing. Sonically this is Editors being themselves, after all they’ve never been the pandering type of band. For some of those indie rock fans that bought into the band early doors this may prove to be a step too far, but for those that have enjoyed the journey this is another collection of solid tracks.
Whilst some fans may be turned off, this isn’t a bad album. This also isn’t a great album. When you’re consistently unique, you eventually are bound to become generic. You either die a hero or see yourself become the villain. The tests of time will ultimately judge ‘EBM’ on Editors’ behalf, and I feel they are unlikely to be either cruel or kind. Again, when all your work is memorable, eventually parts of it become forgettable.
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