3.5 stars out of 5
British post-punk outfit Editors exploded onto the scene in 2005 with near-perfect debut album “The Back Room” and have been trying to recapture that magic ever since. And though they’ve yet to deliver a clunker in the ensuing years, they’ve never quite scaled those lofty heights again, either. Such is the case with fifth full-length “In Dream.”
Coming on the heels of 2013’s first-rate “The Weight of Your Love,” I had high hopes for this 10-track slab. It’s a good effort, but Editors return to using more electronic music (as was the case on 2009’s underwhelming “In This Light and on This Evening”), which tempered my expectations a bit.
After a sluggish start to the proceedings with “No Harm” and “Ocean of Night,” Editors find their groove and the rest of the 10-track, 52-minute platter is quite enjoyable. Among the keepers here are “Salvation,” “Life Is a Fear,” “All the Kings” and brooding gem “At All Cost.” All in all, “In Dream” is a notch below “The Back Room” … but it’s a step in the right direction. (Jeffrey Sisk)