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Editors lost their lead guitarist from “musical differences” after their last album’s clumsy attempt to graft a new electronic direction on to their gloom-rock. The Weight of Your Love returns them to more familiar territory.

Tom Smith maunders in his deep lugubrious voice about lack of self-control and fake relationships while the music (produced by U2 producer Flood) tries to decant tense Interpol-style atmospherics into expansive stadium rock. The trick can be done – “Sugar” bristles with Depeche Mode-style grandeur – but The Weight of Your Love is too leaden to manage it consistently.

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The Weight of the World

(Play It Again Sam)

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