In This Light and on This Evening

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In This Light and On This Evening
Studio album by Editors
Released 12 October 2009
Recorded Assault and Battery Studios, London
2008—2009
Genre Post-punk revival, dark wave, synthpop
Length 43:36
Label Kitchenware Records
Producer Flood
Editors chronology
An End Has a Start
(2007)
In This Light and On This Evening
(2009)
The Weight of Your Love
(2013)
Singles from In This Light and on This Evening
  1. "Papillon"
    Released: 12 October 2009
  2. "You Don't Know Love"
    Released: 25 January 2010
  3. "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool"
    Released: 24 May 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
The Independent 3/5 stars[4]
NME 5/10[5]
Observer Music Monthly 2/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 3.7/10[7]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[8]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Times 4/5 stars[10]

In This Light and on This Evening is the third studio album from British band Editors. It was released on 12 October 2009.[11] The band had said the material would have a more raw and anthemic sound compared to their previous work.[12]

The album features a bonus extended play of five songs, called Cuttings II.[13]

The first single from the album was "Papillon".[14] The second single was "You Don't Know Love", released on 25 January of the following year. The third single, "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool", was released on 24 May.

With lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz's departure from Editors on 16 April 2012, this was the band's last album to feature Urbanowicz.

Overview[edit]

Tom Smith explained the band's change in direction by saying: "If we'd tried to make another more traditional guitar record, I don't think we'd have got through it... for our own sanity, we had to do something we hadn't done before."[15] He also revealed that the heavily synthesised and industrial feel of the album had evolved in a recording session that took place in 2008, before they settled on Flood as a producer.[15] Bassist Russell Leetch said the experience of working with Flood had been "the most fun we've ever had in a studio" and hinted that the band would be likely to work with him again.[15]

Smith's home city of London dominates the album, both lyrically and musically. He said: "'I actually think it's in every song. In the right time and place, in the right light and on the right evening, something you have seen 1,000 times before can still take your breath away whilst the background of electronic whirrs and hums that run under many of the tracks mimic the constant background noise of the city."[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The album was met with mixed reviews. According to Metacritic, the album got a score of 59, indicating ,,mixed reviews",based on 25 reviews from mainstream critics.

Commercial reception[edit]

Following its release, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[17] It however had a very short chart life, only spending three weeks in the top 40 and five on the top 75, dropping from the top spot to No. 13 in its second week. This makes the album one of the shortest runners to reach number one, matching the five weeks by Little Angels "Jam" in 1993, an album which also dropped to 12th spot in week two.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "In This Light and on This Evening"   4:21
2. "Bricks and Mortar"   6:21
3. "Papillon"   5:24
4. "You Don't Know Love"   4:39
5. "The Big Exit"   4:44
6. "The Boxer"   4:40
7. "Like Treasure"   4:52
8. "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool"   4:53
9. "Walk the Fleet Road"   3:47
Amazon MP3 bonus track[18]
No. Title Length
10. "You Don't Know Love" (demo version) 4:04
Japan edition bonus track[19]
No. Title Length
10. "These Streets Are Still Home to Me"   3:18
Cuttings II (CD2 deluxe edition) and iTunes pre-order bonus tracks[20]
No. Title Length
1. "This House Is Full of Noise"   6:22
2. "I Want a Forest"   3:59
3. "A Life as a Ghost"   4:33
4. "Human"   3:12
5. "For the Money"   5:54
Belgium edition bonus track (2010)
No. Title Length
10. "No Sound But the Wind" (Live at Rock Werchter 2010) 3:49

Credits[edit]

  • Tom Smith, Chris Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch, Edward Lay – band members
  • Flood – production
  • Ben Hillier – mixing, production
  • Tim Young – mastering
  • Cenzo Townshend, Rob Kirwan – mixing
  • Darren Lawson – mixing assistant
  • Liliane Lijn – cover art design
  • Tom Hingston Studio – design and art direction

Chart performance[edit]

Album Chart[citation needed] Peak
position
Certifications
UK 1 Gold
Australia 40
Belgium 2 Platinum[21]
France 41
Germany 8
Greece 24
Ireland 4
Netherlands 3
Portugal 25
Switzerland 12
US Heatseekers 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Gourlay, Dom (12 October 2009). "Drowned in Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Dave Simpson (9 October 2009). "The Guardian". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Andy Gill (9 October 2009). "The Independent review". The Independent (London). Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "NME review". NME. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Observer Music Monthly review". The Guardian (London). 6 September 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Editors: In This Light and on This Evening | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Slant Magazine review". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Modell, Josh (11 January 2010). "SPIN Magazine review". Spin.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Post (13 May 2012). "The Times review". The Times. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Editors Official Discography". Editorsofficial.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Radio 1's Big Weekend 2008 – Editors". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "4 questions with... Editors". reeperbahnfestival.com. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Editors' Tom Smith Has Treat In Store For Highland Festival". sundaymail.co.uk. Sunday Mail. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  15. ^ a b c "Tom Smith reveals why The Editors have taken a different route". Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
  16. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Search the UK Top 40 Hit Database". Everyhit.com. Retrieved 11 November 2009.  Note: User needs to enter "Editors" for "Name of artist" and click "Search".
  18. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening (Deluxe Version): Editors: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads". Amazon.de. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening【CD】-Editors Release Country: Japan|Britpop & Indie|Rock & Pop|Music|HMV ONLINE Buy Music & Movie CD / DVD". Hmv.co.jp. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "iTunes pre-order offer". 24 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "Gold and platinum certifications 2010". ultratop.be. Retrieved 28 January 2011.