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Day & Age (Deluxe Version)

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Is that David Byrne’s worldbeat fluctuating through “Joy Ride”? Is that the Kinks’ Ray Davies being summoned in the neurotic vocal attack of “A Dustland Fairytale” or “I Can’t Stay”? Musically, The Killers are centered on the widescreen soundarama of the ‘80s, from New Order to the Pet Shop Boys. Considering the ‘80s are but a wistful dream to these young rockers, their attempt to re-invigorate that lost era with enough tough poses and careening stadium rock — all while writing a new chapter in post-punk rock in the process — is quite ambitious. Singer Brandon Flowers revels in the garish and overblown, turning this Las Vegas quartet into a Britpop band with fangs, as he continues to ransack the flamboyant poses of singers as heady as Bryan Ferry and Morrissey. The band has teetered between its Brit and American influences in the past, but for 2008’s Day & Age they’re waving the Union Jack and having a blast. “Neon Tiger” is a track worthy of David Bowie’s reinvention, while “Spaceman” could be the band’s autobiography, as they clearly have no intentions of settling for music rooted at an earthbound level.

Customer Reviews

Glorious Day & Age

Do not hesitate to get Day & Age. Just get it. It’s going to be said a lot: this isn’t just The Killers’ best album, it’s one of the best albums of 2008 (and there have been SO many great ones this year.) The overall feeling of this album is very upbeat. I love this album from beginning to end. Each and every song is musically rich and brilliant. So much to listen to and not merely an imitation of anything they’ve done before. I have loved everything they’ve produced but this is a whole other level. The vocals are so on and the lyrics are fantastic for every song – thoughtful, thought provoking, philosophical, and very eloquent. Brandon Flowers is definitely one of the best songwriters around and critics can say what they want about his so-called arrogance – he’s got the goods to back it up. Losing Touch – the saxophones are so hip & fabulous, the keys a highlight, the cymbal work is amazing, the bass is great but a little undermined with so much going on & what a wicked guitar solo at the end. Human – totally love this song. The line “are we human, or are we dancer?” (yes, it is ‘dancer’, grammarians be damned) comes from Hunter S. Thompson, who, concerned about America’s youth said, “I’m afraid that we’re raising a generation of dancers.” Brandon admits to stealing it, appreciating its simple philosophy and yes, kookily chopping off the ‘s.’ The fact that Thompson was not a fan of dance-oriented music is not lost on the band, so there you have it. Spaceman – a total favourite. How can you not love this fast-paced song with so much pep and cryptic-poetic lyrics?! Joy Ride – all right people, get your groove on! A dancy, funky one that is so much fun. Great sax and bongos. The lyrics are actually pretty racy. A Dustland Fairytale – I love this song and was floored on first listen: it’s epic. For the first minute or so, quiet vocals and piano, picking up pace with guitar, bass, cellos; growing again with thunderous drums and on and on it goes, catapulting to musical and vocal levels that make it one of the most pleasing songs ever. This Is Your Life – with the totally uplifting chant vocals throughout by the boys, it feels as though you are on safari. A not so happy story but ultimately an optimistic message. Great, great bass and drums here; Dave’s echoey guitar is awesome. I Can’t Stay - there is a lot of levity in the music here and the Caribbean steel drums are such a treat, the sax is so great. Neon Tiger – another favourite. Love every second of it and it is vocally splendid. (I swear the opening notes of this song are a shout out to U2’s ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.’) The World We Live In – totally dreamy, melodic, joyous. Amazing horns/brass, yet again. Brandon’s voice dominates. Good Night, Travel Well – this is their opus. No debate. This is a song about the loss of someone very close, written by someone who knows all too well. The lyrics couldn’t say it any better for anybody. Layer upon layer of music comes and Brandon’s voice is such a thing of beauty. One of the most beautiful elegy’s you will ever hear and already a classic for them. I really look forward to this one in concert. Tidal Wave – young love, forbidden love, being in love with the bad boy. A quieter track with Brandon’s voice as the star of this one. Great piano and strings. Forget About What I Said – the best 80’s song that the 80’s never had. A crowd pleaser and sing-a-long for sure. Not here, but: Crippling Blow – giddy-up, I can’t get this one out of my head. The best rocking, non-country, sort of country song. Musically mind bending, with so many vocal variations, I can’t even begin. Wicked, wicked, wicked. I was one of the lucky few thousand to see them at Massey Hall on Nov. 18th. This album was given at the door in the form of a download card. It was part of the ticket purchase, which is great. I’ve seen them 3 times now and while each time has been great, this was absolutely the best. They brought the brass, some strings, and extra musicians. Can’t wait to see them again in Toronto Jan. 23/09!

most complete album to date

After getting it earlier this weekend and listening to it non stop, youve gotta love what the killers have done here. it certainly lacks the knock-out tune that each of thier previous albums have had, like when you were young on sams town, but has consistantly good songs through out. a more complete album my picks, Losing touch, human, spaceman, this is your life, i cant stay, and forget about what i said

Great Band, Great Album, Great Music!!!!!

this is The Killers we all know and love. i was not too impressed with sam's town (read my mind and bones were the only songs i liked), however, day & age is a solid album from start to finish. this is what pop-rock music is supposed to sound like, unlike the Jonas Brothers and other terrible music today. The Killers are one of the few great bands left in mainstream music and they prove it with this album right here.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Las Vegas, NV

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Few bands in the early 2000s rose so quickly to the forefront of pop music as the Killers. With a mix of '80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band's street-smart debut, Hot Fuss, became one of 2004's biggest releases, spawning four singles and catapulting the group — particularly their dandyish, 22-year-old frontman, Brandon Flowers — into the international spotlight. Hot Fuss reveled in the garish glitz of the band's native Las Vegas, spinning tales of androgynous girlfriends...
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