Three years on since their fifth album In Dream, Birmingham act Editors return with "Magazine," the first taste of their forthcoming album Violence.
I have to let it be known that I'm a huge fan of these guys so my opinion about their music is always a little biased. That said, it took a few listens for "Magazine" to eventually hit the mark. Vocalist Tom Smith continues to par social, political and philosophical lyrics with his thundering baritone; with "Magazine" adhering to a much more upbeat and vibrant pop sound than previous releases. Of the track Smith said:
'Magazine' is a pointed finger aimed at those in power...some corrupt politician or businessman...a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry.
As much as I'd love Editors to release another The Back Room or even An End Has A Start, bands have to change and Editors evolution has been more positive than negative, despite some luke-warm reviews of their previous albums. "Magazine" is another positive step forward for a band who have been together for over 15 years and continue to release intriguing and thought provoking music. Here's hoping Violence lives up to this first single.
Violence is set for release on March 9.