Artist: The Editors Release: 'In This Light And On This Evening' When: Out Now On: Kitchenware (Columbia) Buy It: Amazon More Info: Where to start with this record? It's one that I had been really looking forward to. Both The Editors' previous efforts had struck a chord with me. Yes, there was more than a slight angst-ridden nod to Joy Division, but I was OK with that. The heavy sounding guitar work, coupled with frontman Tom Smith's vocals on both 'The Back Room' and 'An End Has A Start' really launched The Editors to be of the UK's big, ahem, 'indie' hitters. However, after about two minutes of the opening track ('In This Light And On This Evening') I started to get a little worried. Yes, the sound was predictably big, epic even, but something was missing... Gone are the guitars! In their place... Yep, you guessed it. The de-rigeur instrument of choice for today - the all conquering Synth. The Joy Division sound has been cranked up a notch with more than a hint of early New Order and Kraftwerk-esque synth riffage thrown in for good measure. Now, I'm big enough, at this point, to admit that my initial hasty reaction to this was not in any way positive and as a result I could have been really scathing. However in the interest of fairness I have managed to hold back for long enough to give the record a fair hearing. Here's my (slightly) more considered opinion... ...I still don't really like it (and i'll probably not be the only Editors fan to react this way). I know that bands need to move with the times, to change, to evolve and I applaud the band for adopting this new sound in what is a pretty brave move - it would have been all too easy for them to have churned out more of the same - but if I'm honest I preferred the Editors the way they were. The opening two tracks are heavily layered with synth riffs and Tom Smith's vocal is unmistakable, but unlike previous efforts there's nothing really outstanding here. In fairness, the band have not gone completely off the boil. When this record works, it works pretty well, however of the nine tracks put down, for me, there are only a couple that really standout. Recent single 'Papillion' is admittedly more than quite good and 'You Don't Know Love' is again a pretty strong effort (and sees the return of a more familiar sound with the guitar). The most surprising moment on the record was however 'Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool'. Yes, the title sounds like something that Morrisey has conjured up in a weird outing with Radiohead, but what The Editors have in this track is a big, accessible, synth heavy single that is likely to still appeal to their fanbase and one that is bound to sound great on the live circuit. 'In This Light...' marks a bold move for The Editors but the synth driven sound doesn't quite hit the highs of previous efforts. Now their evolution has started, I’m looking forward to their next effort - the dance album. 6/10 Track To Download: 'Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool' Track To Skip: 'Bricks And Mortar' Pigeonhole with: Joy Division, New Order, Kraftwerk Twitter Review: The Editors' third record marks a brave new dawn for the band as they abandon their trademark guitar driven angst for more synth heavy beats What say you on this? Sound off in our Fourum!