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The Weight of Your Love

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Moving away from the synth-heavy sound of 2009's In This Light and on This Evening, Britain's the Editors return to the more epic, atmospheric guitar-based rock of their debut with 2013's The Weight of Your Love. However, this release is far from repetitive. Certainly, lead singer Tom Smith's baritone croon sounds as authoritative as ever, and the band has lost none of its languid '80s post-punk inclination. But at the same time, there is something less frenetic about the music here that speaks to broader artistic influences and a more mature level of songwriting. Produced by Jacquire King in Nashville, the album has a distinctly organic feel, as if it were recorded in an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Moving away from the synth-heavy sound of 2009's In This Light and on This Evening, Britain's the Editors return to the more epic, atmospheric guitar-based rock of their debut with 2013's The Weight of Your Love. However, this release is far from repetitive. Certainly, lead singer Tom Smith's baritone croon sounds as authoritative as ever, and the band has lost none of its languid '80s post-punk inclination. But at the same time, there is something less frenetic about the music here that speaks to broader artistic influences and a more mature level of songwriting. Produced by Jacquire King in Nashville, the album has a distinctly organic feel, as if it were recorded in an old theater. Adding to this tactile, less electronic sound is the choice to frame several of the songs in judicious swaths of string orchestration. The result works especially well on the album's handful of ballads, including "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Honesty," helping them achieve a deeply moving, cinematic quality. The band also delves into several long-form, slow-burn rock epics that are definitely worth your attention, even if their sustained drama plays out at a more sinister pace. Songs like leadoff "The Weight" and "Sugar" are thoughtfully arranged; they take their time to fully engage your adoration. That said, adoration is exactly the emotion evoked by such deliciously addictive pop moments as the lead single, "A Ton of Love," which brings to mind the passionate, soulful rock of U2 and Echo & the Bunnymen. In fact, on "A Ton of Love," Smith chants the word "Desire" as if in direct homage to U2's 1988 single. A grandiose shout-out for sure, but ultimately, a fitting one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Pias America
  • UPC: 766930013229
  • Catalog Number: 660
  • Sales rank: 31,613

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Weight (4:32)
  2. 2 Sugar (4:16)
  3. 3 A Ton of Love (3:58)
  4. 4 What is This Thing Called Love (4:12)
  5. 5 Honesty (4:49)
  6. 6 Nothing (5:15)
  7. 7 Formaldehyde (3:50)
  8. 8 Hyena (3:39)
  9. 9 Two Hearted Spider (4:30)
  10. 10 The Phone Book (4:31)
  11. 11 Bird of Prey (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Editors Primary Artist
Mark Berrow Violin
Stevie Blacke Strings
Caroline Dale Celli
Steven Herrman Trumpet
Jim Hoke Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Helen Kamminga Viola
Skaila Kanga Harp
Martin Loveday Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Anthony Pleeth Celli
Cathy Thompson Violin
Allen Walley Bass
Mary Scully Bass
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
Matt Dunkley Conductor
Ian Humphries Violin
Everton Nelson Violin, Lead
Rachel Bolt Viola
Deborah Widdup Violin
John Hinchey Trombone
Natalia Bonner Violin
Helen Atkinson Vocals
Dave Daniels Celli
Emil Chakalov Violin
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Rick Koster Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Alison Dods Violin
Andy Parker Viola
Technical Credits
Stevie Blacke String Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Jim Hoke Brass Arrangment
Geoff Foster Engineer
Clint Mansell Composer
Matt Dunkley Orchestration
Jacquire King Producer
Lowell Reynolds Engineer
Leetch Composer
Laurent Nyssen Layout
Charles Emerson Cover Photo
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