ADDS 3/13/18

'Could this be the record to bring Editors back home?' - NME (4-stars)

When describing Editors' sixth album, Tom Smith keeps journeying back to the same word: "brutal". It's an apt descriptor for Violence, both in the record's aggressive title and its all-enveloping, assertive sound. But on this follow-up to 2015's stunning, top 5-charting In Dream, brutality doesn't just exist as a one dimensional, juggernaut-like force. Violence isn't brutal for the sake of it, and it's rarely the enforcer. Instead, it acts as a haven, a protective shell against the often relentless brutality of the outside world.

In 2018, almost everyone is seeking some kind of escape - from ultra-consumerist culture, from tyrannical power-holders, from the endless swarm of grim headlines popping up as anxiety-inducing notifications. When Editors first started writing Violence towards the end of summer 2016, they didn't intend to reflect today's troubled times or create some kind of sanctuary from the world outside. Nor do the band view this album as some direct antidote to current events. This isn't an overtly political record and it shouldn't be perceived as such. But art has a habit of reflecting its environment.

RIYL: Interpol, The National, The Wombats, Cold War Kids
TRY: #4, 6, 1, 2
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