An End Has a Start

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This article is about the album. For the title track, see An End Has a Start (song).
An End Has a Start
Studio album by Editors
Released 25 June 2007
Recorded 2006—2007
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 44:40
Label Kitchenware Records
Producer Jacknife Lee
Editors chronology
The Back Room
(2005)
An End Has a Start
(2007)
In This Light and on This Evening
(2009)
Singles from An End Has a Start
  1. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors"
    Released: 18 June 2007
  2. "An End Has a Start"
    Released: 3 September 2007
  3. "The Racing Rats"
    Released: 26 November 2007
  4. "Push Your Head Towards the Air"
    Released: 3 March 2008
  5. "Bones"
    Released: 2 June 2008

An End Has a Start is the second album by British indie rock band Editors. It was released on 25 June 2007 in the UK and on 17 July 2007 in the US. The album was certified Platinum in the UK on the same day it was released.[1] An End Has a Start reached No. 69 in the UK end of year album chart in 2007.[citation needed] By the end of 2007 it had sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B+[3]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
The Observer 3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 4.9/10[8]
Playlouder 5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
The Times 3/5 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

An End Has a Start was met with positive reviews, reaching a metacritic score of 65 based on 24 reviews. Drowned in Sound has written, "An End Has a Start actually sounds like it was crafted as ten quite individual chapters of a long-running saga; surprisingly, though, it ultimately works better than its predecessor as a cohesive, flowing album", with a score 8 of 10. The Guardian wrote that "singer Tom Smith tempers his constant anxiety with flashes of optimism, his brittle nihilism with gooey sentiment" (8/10). NME wrote that "An End Has a Start turns out to be a pupae album—its Editors stretching their sonic muscles, poking the first spindles of whatever new form they'll take out of their gloom-rock cocoon come album three", giving the album 6 of 10. Pitchfork wrote that "It's a shame that premature commercial success has sullied Editors' creativity, because An End contains its share of bright spots", giving the album 4.9 of 10. And Stylus Magazine wrote that it's "A record that's so deathly serious that each of its ten songs could be associated with its very own biblical plague."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors"   4:57
2. "An End Has a Start"   3:45
3. "The Weight of the World"   4:18
4. "Bones"   4:06
5. "When Anger Shows"   5:45
6. "The Racing Rats"   4:17
7. "Push Your Head Towards the Air"   5:44
8. "Escape the Nest"   4:43
9. "Spiders"   4:00
10. "Well Worn Hand"   2:54
iTunes additional track
No. Title Length
11. "A Thousand Pieces"   3:41
Japan edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "A Thousand Pieces"   3:41
12. "Open Up"   3:40
US reissue bonus EP
No. Title Length
1. "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" (demo) 3:18
2. "Banging Heads"   3:42
3. "A Thousand Pieces"   3:41
4. "The Racing Rats" (live) 4:20
5. "Open Up"   3:40

Trivia[edit]

  • German band In Extremo covered the track "An End Has a Start" on their 2008 album Sängerkrieg.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales
UK 1 Platinum[1] 300,000+
Netherlands 2
Belgium 5 Gold 15,000+
Ireland 7 Gold 7,500+
Portugal 21
Germany 24
Finland 24
Australia 37
New Zealand 37
Italy 47
France 56
United States Billboard 200 117 6,336*
United States Top Heatseekers 1
United States Independent Albums 14
Europe 9
World 21 600,000+

Notes

  • A^ first week sales only.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the keyword "Editors" and check the 'Exact match' checkbox). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Reges, Margaret. "An End Has a Start – Editors". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Modell, Josh (24 July 2007). "Editors: An End Has A Start | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Gourlay, Dom. "Reviews – Albums – Editors – An End Has A Start". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Betty (22 June 2007). "Editors, An End Has a Start". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Beaumont, Mark (25 June 2007). "NME Album Reviews – Editors: An End Has A Start". NME. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Denney, Alex (20 May 2007). "The Editors, An End Has a Start". The Observer. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Moerder, Adam (18 July 2007). "Editors: An End Has a Start". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Editors: An End Has A Start (2007) review PLAYLOUDER". Playlouder. 22 June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (13 June 2008). "Editors: An End Has a Start : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Paphides, Pete (22 June 2007). "Editors: An End Has a Start". The Times. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Long, April. "Editors -An End Has a Start – Review". Uncut. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
Preceded by
Icky Thump by The White Stripes
UK Albums Chart number one album
1 July 2007 – 7 July 2007
Succeeded by
We Are the Night by The Chemical Brothers