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Editors’ Notes

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

Full Circle Killers

The band that was exploded onto the scene with "Hot Fuss" has crafted one of the more exciting musical albums of the year. I feel that Sam's Town was in fact a backtrack of what the Killers were capable of and that their true talent was glimpsed in the background music of the songs in "Hot Fuss." Their hit, "Mr. Brightside," efficiently struck the balance between powerful lyrics and moving instrumentals. Every single song in "Day and Age" simply tries to mimic that balance, and the result is the Killers' most incredible release to date. The two singles, "Human" and "Spaceman," are two songs that are remarkably different, but similar in that the instrumentals in them are as powerful as the lyrics. But they scratch the surface of what the Killers have done in the album altogether. Songs like "Goodnight, Travel Well" try and take the potentially inredible voice of Brandon Flowers and combine it with the monstrous ensemble that accompanies, as we hear echoes of both "Sam's Town" and "Hot Fuss." The Killers have truely evolved; this is better than anything we could have anticipated. Should keep us well occupied until their Christmas single comes out.

Day & Age - Album Of The Year!

The Killers are here once again at full blast. Hot Fuss met Sam’s Town, made children and converted them to CD form. This album holds some of the catchiest melodies that will stick in your head for months; some of the most beautiful lyrics that will stick in your heart for years. 1. Losing Touch – awesome opening with a catchy chorus – 9.2/10 2. Human – meaningfull, beautiful melody and lyrics – 9/10 3. Spaceman – exciting track about being abducted by aliens and the after effects of said adventure – 8.8/10 4. Joyride – Groovy and RIDICULOUSLY catchy – 9.6/10 5. A Dustland Fairytale – Beautiful song with beautiful vocals and story -telling lyrics – 10/10 6. This Is Your Life – Beautiful melody than will send shivers down your spine – 9.6/10 7. I Can’t Stay – cool Caribbean beat with thoughtful lyrics – 8.7/10 8. Neon Tiger – glittery song that revels in the killer’s creativity – 8.9/10 9. The World We Live In – the band delivers stunning music with an 80’s feel – 8.9/10 10. Goodnight Travel Well – An epic ending to a jaw-dropping album that will send shivers down your spine and touch your soul. 9.5/10

Where's the edge?

I happened to love both of the Killers' first two albums. Hot Fuss was a superb resurrection of 80's synth-pop / new wave, and Sam's Town got unfairly undermined by critics looking to squash a new direction. I don't know, maybe that criticism bore deep because this album returns to the synth-pop, but it's 90% fluff; not the lyrics, but the sound. Hot Fuss had an edge or drive to almost all its songs. I just don't hear any of that. Instead we get 80's pop saxophone and other fillers that frankly sound old, not retro. Guess I'll just have to wait longingly for the next Interpol album.

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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