Singles such as "Blood" and "Bullets" quickly put Editors in the elite crowd of those to watch that year.
The band -- Tom Smith (vocals/guitar), Chris Urbanowicz (guitar), Russell Leetch (bass), and Ed Lay (drums) -- compose a tight rock sound that's both raw and defined, particularly on album opener "Lights." Editors are an anxious, frantic, and passionate group, and the album is done with taste from the start.
From there, the blistering "Munich" and the more luxurious, danceable "Blood" are the standout moments of this 11-song set.
The surging storm that is "Bullets" is further proof that from the first note, The Back Room lunges at you with a dynamic that's fierce, wiry, and slightly fashionable.
Alternative rock hasn't seen anything like this since the release of Turn on the Bright Lights.