Label: Kitchenware Release date: 25/01/10 Website: Ever since Editors burst on to the scene with The Back Room in 2005 I've been a fan of their pounding, repetitive bass riffs, their melody driven sound and their impossible to remember song names, which seemed to bear no relationship at all to the lyrics of the tune they were titling. Often compared to Joy Division, I always thought of them more as a heavier, rockier Elbow, with the same seamless integration of vocals and instrumental lines, each paring back at times to allow the other to take centre stage. I listened to the album over and over, and saw the band support Franz Ferdinand at Alexandra Palace , where they were amazing - although I do remember wishing that it had been their own concert so that they could have had more control over the lighting. The band have come a long way since The Back Room, and their most recent album, In This Light And On This Evening, is something really quite special. The first few tracks on the album make heavy use of synthesizers, with soaring strings and electronic bleeps that make them vaguely reminiscent of the Bladerunner theme. They have still maintained the trademark Editors sound, however, with its minimalistic chord changes and Tom Smith's instantly recognizable vocals. The new track - ‘You Don't Know Love’ - has a very empty start, with a simple vocal line over a metronomic drum beat. The song kicks in properly with backing vocals and a catchy casiotone-style riff, which then takes a back seat allowing the verse to come through. Climbing to a crescendo during the bridge, the song really reaches its peak just over halfway through, where all the as yet separate elements of the song come together, building up over the rest of the song, before dropping down to a finish as bare as the start. If I had to criticise, I'd say this part of the song lasts slightly too long on record, but I imagine it sounds fantastic live. This song combines both old and new elements of the Editors' sound - electronic and upbeat, yet grounded in the sustained strings and monotonic melody that were so characteristic of The Back Room. Nearly five years on from their celebrated debut single, this band still has the capacity to surprise and delight. Rating: 7/10 What say you on this? Sound off in our Fourum!