The Back Room

Release date
25 Jul 2005
Running length
19 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Lights 2:30 331,935
2 Munich 3:44 544,071
3 Blood 3:21 374,551
4 Fall 5:04 278,570
5 All Sparks 3:31 378,749
6 Camera 5:00 263,521
7 Fingers In The Factories 4:13 265,248
7 Fingers In The Factory 4:14 2,659
8 Bullets 3:08 331,557
9 Someone Says 3:10 249,397
10 Open Your Arms 5:58 233,835
11 Distance 3:37 200,255
1 French Disco 2:26 1,311
1 Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home 4:38 30,445
2 You Are Fading 4:31 72,803
3 Crawl Down The Wall 3:34 35,292
4 Colours 3:52 35,603
5 Release 5:41 30,562
6 Forest Fire 3:03 26,370

About this album

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.

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, as well as on the multi platform game FIFA Street 2.

The Back Room received generally positive reviews with metacritic score of 76 based on 23 reviews.

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