The Back Room

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The Back Room
Studio album by Editors
Released 25 July 2005
Recorded 2004—2005
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 43:48
Label Kitchenware, Fader Label
Producer Jim Abbiss
Editors chronology
The Back Room
(2005)
An End Has a Start
(2007)
Singles from The Back Room
  1. "Bullets"
    Released: 24 January 2005
  2. "Munich"
    Released: 18 April 2005
  3. "Blood"
    Released: 11 July 2005
  4. "Bullets (reissue)"
    Released: 26 September 2005
  5. "Munich (reissue)"
    Released: 2 January 2006
  6. "All Sparks"
    Released: 27 March 2006
  7. "Blood (reissue)"
    Released: 19 June 2006

The Back Room is the debut album by British post-punk revival band Editors, released on 25 July 2005. It entered the UK Album Charts at #13 in July 2005, before peaking at #2 in January 2006. It was produced by Jim Abbiss.

The album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Prize.

Overview[edit]

A limited special two-disc edition of The Back Room was released in the United Kingdom, the second disc (called Cuttings) comprising unused tracks from the album recording sessions and B-sides. In the Netherlands and Germany, the album was re-released in a limited, Festival Edition CD/DVD set including a 50-minute concert recorded at Paradiso in Amsterdam, on 30 January 2006.

Editors received substantial critical acclaim for their release of The Back Room. NME gave it a rating of 8/10 saying "Never before have doom and gloom sounded so surprisingly uplifting and hopeful" and that Editors "have created a debut that will endure." Drowned in Sound gave The Back Room a rating of 9/10, citing, "this is a record many people will be able to live inside for a very long time." The album also received a 2006 Mercury Prize nomination.

The song "Munich" was featured on the Xbox 360 game Saints Row,[1] as well as on the multi-platform game FIFA Street 2.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.0/10[7]
Q 3/5 stars
Robert Christgau C+[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine B−[10]
The Sunday Times 4/5 stars [11]

The Back Room received generally positive reviews with metacritic score of 76 based on 23 reviews.[3] E! Online has written that it's "a fine album that proves you can look backward while paving the way forward", giving an album score 91 of 100. Drowned in Sound has written that it's "how Interpol would sound like if they dealt with universal themes and reflection rather than singing about fellatio fantasies with Stella, or their length of loves". AllMusic Guide said that "Alternative rock hasn't seen anything like this since the release of Turn on the Bright Lights." NME wrote that "this is debut that will endure" and The Guardian wrote "The longer you listen, the better they become." However Pitchfork Media has written that "Editors sound like an earnest rock band who grew up loving the same bands as the current batch of revivalists, but beyond the workmanlike interpretations of their heroes, it's hard to swallow."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Lay, Leetch, Smith, Urbanowicz.

No. Title Length
1. "Lights"   2:31
2. "Munich"   3:46
3. "Blood"   3:29
4. "Fall"   5:06
5. "All Sparks"   3:33
6. "Camera"   5:02
7. "Fingers in the Factories"   4:14
8. "Bullets"   3:09
9. "Someone Says"   3:13
10. "Open Your Arms"   6:00
11. "Distance"   3:38
iTunes exclusive track
No. Title Length
12. "French Disko"   2:25
Cuttings (UK bonus disc)
No. Title Length
1. "Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home"   4:38
2. "You Are Fading"   4:30
3. "Crawl Down the Wall"   3:34
4. "Colours"   3:51
5. "Release"   5:44
6. "Forest Fire"   3:00
Festival Edition bonus DVD (Netherlands and Germany)
No. Title Length
1. "Lights"    
2. "Blood"    
3. "All Sparks"    
4. "Fall"    
5. "Bullets"    
6. "Find Yourself a Safe Place"    
7. "Camera"    
8. "You Are Fading"    
9. "Munich"    
10. "Open Your Arms"    
11. "Fingers in the Factories"    
  • Videos of the concert at the Paradiso, Amsterdam – January 30, 2006

Credits[edit]

  • Editors – art direction, design
  • Jim Abbiss – producer, engineer
  • Garret Lee – producer, engineer
  • Gavin Monaghan – producer, engineer
  • Loz Brazil – engineer
  • Ewan Davis – engineer
  • Andy Taylor – engineer, digital editing
  • Cenzo Townshend – mixing
  • Amy E. Bartell – photography

Chart performance[edit]

Album chart Peak
position
Sales Certification
UK 2 500,000+[12] Platinum
Belgium 53 15,000+ Gold
France 107
Ireland 23 7,500+ Gold
Netherlands 30
United States Top Heatseekers 14
United States Independent Albums 21
World 1,000,000+[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IGN: Saints Row Delivers A Sonic Blitz". ign.com. IGN. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ "IGN: FIFA Street 2 Sonic Explosion". ign.com. IGN. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b "The Back Room Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ by MacKenzie Wilson (2005-07-25). "The Back Room - Editors : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ Butler, Matthew (2005-07-28). "Editors - The Back Room / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Editors : The Back Room". Nme.Com. 2005-07-27. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  7. ^ "The Back Room | Pitchfork". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ "CG: Editors". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone : Editors: The Back Room : Music Reviews". Web.archive.org. 2006-04-19. Archived from the original on 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Editors / Clor - The Back Room / Clor - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  11. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  12. ^ a b Jon Perks (2008-02-18). "Editors are back in town". Birminghampost.net. Retrieved 2012-06-11.