16 Editors Songs That Should Have Appeared On Their Best Of

One month ago today, Editors released their first greatest hits compilation, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, including 13 tracks spanning their first 6 albums, plus 3 brand-new songs. Most of the obvious choices are there: We have "Munich" and "Bullets" from The Back Room, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors," "The Racing Rats," and "An End…

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Review: Revisit Editors’ Early ‘Snowfield Demos’ EP

One week ago, Editors released their new greatest hits compilation, Black Gold: Best Of Editors. Fans who ordered CD on vinyl options from Editors' official store also got a special treat: The Snowfield Demos. Back before Editors even went by that name, they were briefly known as Snowfield. In summer 2003, they put out an…

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Review: Editors Revive Beloved Songs In ‘Distance: The Acoustic Recordings’

Editors just released their new greatest hits compilation, Black Gold: Best Of Editors. Comprised mainly of 13 beloved singles spanning their six albums, the compilation also features three brand new songs, “Frankenstein,” “Black Gold,” and “Upside Down.” While we already know and love all of those 16 songs (well, "Upside Down" is new, but we're loving…

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Review: Natasha Bedingfield Makes Superb Return With ‘Roll With Me’

It's been nine years since Natasha Bedingfield released her last album, Strip Me. And although many may think of her new album, Roll With Me, as a comeback, Natasha doesn't see it that way. Indeed, she never stopped making and playing music. She was writing and recording songs regularly, even though fans only got to…

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Review: Of Monsters And Men Expertly Marry Contrasting Sounds In ‘Fever Dream’

It's been four years since Of Monsters And Men released their last album. Following Beneath The Skin in 2015, the Icelandic band made their comeback with "Alligator" this May. Already, the single promised a new, more energetic sound for the group. On Fever Dream, Of Monsters And Men expertly blend their familiar folk rock style…

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Review: ‘III’ Is BANKS’ Most Daring & Dynamic Album Yet

Before working on her third album, BANKS needed a bit of a break. After the whirlwind of her first two album eras - we got Goddess in 2014 and The Altar in 2016 - she deserved some time to absorb everything and live more freely. The break didn't last too long, but it did give…

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Review: Editors’ ‘Violence’ Tracks Reimagined On ‘The Blanck Mass Sessions’

Last February, Editors revealed they would be releasing The Blanck Mass Sessions, an album of reimagined takes on the songs fans first heard on their 2018 album, Violence. While Violence offered a masterful blend of Editors' rock and electronic sides, the songs didn't always sound so balanced. The band first sent their recordings to Blanck…

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Review: Sara Bareilles Shines On Honest & Rich ‘Amidst The Chaos’

It's been six long years since Sara Bareilles released her last pop album, The Blessed Unrest. After gracing the world with songs like "Brave" and "I Choose You," Sara took an unexpected turn into books and theater. In October 2015, Sara released a memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. She also…

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Review: Avril Lavigne Makes Triumphant Return With ‘Head Above Water,’ Her Best Album Yet

It's been over five years since Avril Lavigne released her eponymous fifth album, the longest gap between records in her career. But that time off was necessary, and far from a simple break. Early in 2015, Avril revealed she was battling Lyme Disease and had been bed-ridden for months. It took her years to recover,…

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Revisiting 2009 Albums: The Best Records Turning 10 in 2019

As we embark on a new year, let's look back on where we were a decade ago. In 2009, we heard a ton of amazing songs, singles, and albums. But which records have stood the test of time? These are my favorite 2009 albums: the ones that defined my life 10 years ago and continue…

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Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness Captures Nostalgia With Vivid Storytelling On ‘Upside Down Flowers’

Today, just one year after releasing his second album, Zombies On Broadway, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness dropped his impressive new album, Upside Down Flowers. This marks Andrew McMahon's third album under his Wilderness moniker. Although his previous bands, Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, each stopped after their third albums, with Upside Down Flowers, Andrew…

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Review: Muse Strikes Perfect Balance On Grand ‘Simulation Theory’

After a year and a half of singles and hype, today Muse released their 8th studio album, Simulation Theory. In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, frontman Matt Bellamy stated that by releasing singles as they recorded them, he felt their album would be stronger in the long run. "I think it’ll be…

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Review: Hoobastank Revisits Funk On Refreshing ‘Push Pull’

It's been six long years since Hoobastank released their last album, but finally they're back in action. The band began recording the new music in fall 2016, but a few returns to the studio to record additional tracks delayed its release. Produced by Matt Wallace, Push Pull is the long-awaited followup to Fight Or Flight, and…

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Review: Janelle Monáe Crafts Pop Masterpiece With ‘Dirty Computer’

It's been 5 long years since Janelle Monáe released her last album, 2013's The Electric Lady. But it's clear that her new record, Dirty Computer, was well worth the wait. From the dual lead singles we got in February through the very last track on the album, Janelle truly outdid herself. February brought a double-whammy…

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Review: Green Day Frontman Returns To Rollicking, Simple Fun With New Band The Longshot’s ‘Love Is For Losers’

Billie Joe Armstrong is best known as the frontman for Green Day, but he's always churned out extra music with his various side projects. He started playing with Pinhead Gunpowder in the early 1990s; he and his Green Day bandmates formed two side bands in the 2000s: The Network and Foxboro Hot Tubs. Billie Joe…

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Review: Editors Masterfully Blend Rock & Electronic Sides On ‘Violence’

Editors are a unique band that have long balanced two opposing sides that make up their repertoire. In 2005, they launched their career with energetic, guitar-driven music, a band-oriented sound that fit with modern British rock of the time. But after a second album in that same style, Editors were ready to explore new territory.…

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Review: Fall Out Boy Shines On Eclectic New Album, ‘M A N I A’

Not including the hiatus Fall Out Boy took after releasing Folie á Deux and their greatest hits compilation, this is the longest fans have waited for an album from the band. M A N I A was first announced last April, but five singles and a four-month delay later, the album came out exactly three…

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Review: Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis’ Is A Stunning Reimagining Of Beloved Catalog

Evanescence has a skill for making fans wait for new music. A full five years passed between their second and third albums; it's now been six years since Evanescence graced our ears. While we've enjoyed plenty of side projects from frontwoman Amy Lee in the interim (Aftermath, an album of film score she composed, and…

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Review: Kelly Clarkson Finds ‘Meaning Of Life’ On Stunning, Soulful New Album

Over the last 15 years, Kelly Clarkson has proven herself, again and again, to be a powerhouse vocalist and beloved pop star. And although she's churned out hit after hit among her first six studio albums - not to mention an acclaimed holiday record - she's also had to fight for creative freedom every step…

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Review: ‘Lust For Life’ Is Lana Del Rey’s Most Diverse, Uplifting Album Yet

Lana Del Rey is back and she's cooler than ever. Pop's resident sad girl has been hyping her noticeably cheerier new album since February, and she promised some big changes that would delight her fans. Her newest record, Lust For Life, is her most diverse yet, combining the best elements of her previous three albums.…

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Review: Paramore’s Excellent ‘After Laughter’ Masks Depression With Cheery New Wave

As with all great art, Paramore's new album After Laughter is an expression of real life and real feelings. It reflects what's been going on in the three band members' lives, from the personal to the public. We can only guess at what has happened in their personal lives, but a few things we do know for sure.…

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Review: Michelle Branch Is Reborn On Long-Awaited Comeback ‘Hopeless Romantic’

At the beginning of the century, you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a Michelle Branch song blasting through the speakers. Songs like "Everywhere," "All You Wanted," and a Santana collaboration called "Game Of Love" were pop rock staples that appeared, well, everywhere, from MTV to popular romantic comedies. But Michelle left that all behind…

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Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness Pushes Into New Territory On Surprising ‘Zombies On Broadway’

Two years and a half years ago, Andrew McMahon released his first album under his new Wilderness moniker. 2014's Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness signaled a new musical direction had he'd hinted at on his 2013 EP, The Pop Underground. His first band, Something Corporate, represented the piano side of the punk rock scene of the early 2000s. In…

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Review: The Weeknd Shines Bright On ‘Starboy,’ One Of The Best Albums Of 2016

The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) is one of those rare talents that seemingly comes out of nowhere before entrancing you with his original and consistently striking music. He suddenly appeared on the music scene in 2010 with a series of mixtapes - eventually packaged as the compilation Trilogy in 2012 - before releasing his first studio album,…

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Review: Bruno Mars Trades In Charm For Riches On ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars has had an enviable career so far. After writing songs for other artists as he struggled to be taken seriously as a performer himself, he took the world by storm with his debut album, Doowops & Hooligans. “Just The Way You Are” was a stellar first single that showed both quality writing and…

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Review: Alicia Keys Navigates Personal & Social Issues Earnestly On ‘Here’

Ever since Alicia Keys burst onto the music scene 15 years ago, she's had important things to say with the inspired music to back them up. Although her last two albums have felt a bit predictable and safe, her latest record brings back some of her early spark. Her sixth album, Here is Alicia's biggest statement…

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Review: Green Day Is Back On Top With ‘Revolution Radio’

Green Day’s career arc has been one most bands would envy. It’s rare for a band to continue strong for 25+ years, and rarer still for them to have continued success into their later years. But Green Day has always been special. After a strong underground start in the Bay Area, the trio released their…

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Review: Banks Boasts Vulnerability & Defiance On Dazzling ‘The Altar’

Banks emerged quietly yet suddenly, impressing with her 2014 debut album, Goddess. It followed a series of EPs the year before, taking songs from those while adding some new ones in, too. Goddess wasn’t just one of the best debut albums of the year; it was one of the best albums of the year, period. And…

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Review: Gavin DeGraw Finds Perfect Balance On ‘Something Worth Saving’

Since he first came out in 2003, Gavin DeGraw has made music that is timeless. He somehow combines relatable, guy-next-door ease with cool, city-boy charm. He's romantic and sensitive one minute, random and joking the next. Even with his first album, he'a always seemed familiar, like an old friend. His newest release, Something Worth Saving, is…

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Playing It Safe: Why Did Music Stop Being Honest & Fearless?

For some years now, I have felt a growing dissatisfaction with the songs that dominate radio stations and the artists that take up most entertainment news stories. This must make me sound like an out-of-touch old grouch who just doesn't get kids these days, but I'm only in my mid-20s. I love music, and yet lately I…

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