In This Light and on This Evening

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In This Light and on This Evening
Studio album by
Released12 October 2009
Editors chronology
An End Has a Start
In This Light and on This Evening
The Weight of Your Love
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

In This Light and on This Evening is the third studio album by English rock band Editors. It was released on 12 October 2009 by Kitchenware Records.[1] The band had said the material would have a more raw and anthemic sound compared to their previous work.[2] The first single from the album was "Papillon".[3] 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. The album also features a bonus extended play of five songs, called Cuttings II.[4] With lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz's departure from Editors on 16 April 2012, this was the band's last album to feature Urbanowicz.


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."[5] 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.[5] 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.[5]

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."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound7/10[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
The Independent3/5 stars[11]
Observer Music Monthly2/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[15]
Spin3.5/5 stars[16]
The Times4/5 stars[17]

The album was met with mixed reviews. On the review aggregator site Metacritic, the album got a score of 59/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 25 reviews from mainstream critics.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Edward Lay, Russell Leetch, Tom Smith, and Chris Urbanowicz.[19]

1."In This Light and on This Evening"4:21
2."Bricks and Mortar"6:21
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


Personnel adapted from album liner notes.[19]

  • 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


Commercial performance[edit]

Following its release, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[23] 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 No. 13 the week after.

In 2012 it was awarded a double gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 150,000 copies throughout Europe.[24]

Weekly charts[edit]

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


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  2. ^ "Radio 1's Big Weekend 2008 – Editors". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Editors' Tom Smith Has Treat In Store For Highland Festival". Sunday Mail. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  4. ^ "4 questions with... Editors". 11 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "Tom Smith reveals why The Editors have taken a different route". Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  6. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening Songfacts". 20 September 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Editors - In This Light and on This Evening". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  8. ^ Allmusic review
  9. ^ Gourlay, Dom (12 October 2009). "Drowned in Sound review". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  10. ^ Dave Simpson (9 October 2009). "The Guardian". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  11. ^ Andy Gill (9 October 2009). "The Independent review". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  12. ^ "NME review". NME. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Observer Music Monthly review". The Guardian. London. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Editors: In This Light and on This Evening | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Slant Magazine review". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  16. ^ Modell, Josh (11 January 2010). "SPIN Magazine review". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  17. ^ "The Times review". The Times. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Editors - In This Light and on This Evening". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  19. ^ a b In This Light and on This Evening (album liner notes). Editors. Kitchenware Records / PIAS Recordings. 2009.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening (Deluxe Version): Editors: MP3-Downloads". Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  21. ^ "In This Light And On This Evening【CD】-Editors Release Country: Japan|Britpop & Indie|Rock & Pop|Music|HMV ONLINE Buy Music & Movie CD / DVD". Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  22. ^ "iTunes pre-order offer". 24 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  23. ^ "Search the UK Top 40 Hit Database". Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2009. Note: User needs to enter "Editors" for "Name of artist" and click "Search".
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  25. ^ "Gold and platinum certifications 2010". Retrieved 28 January 2011.