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The Killers - Day And Age

The Killers, Day & Age

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE Killers seem to be developing the happy knack of re-inventing themselves with each new album. And while this continues to divide people over their merits, it always makes for an interesting listen.

Day & Age, their third album, marks a return to the more melodic, poppy structure of their debut Hot Fuss… but it’s by no means a re-tread. Rather, it’s a mix of styles all delivered with the bravado we’ve come to expect from lead singer Brandon Flowers.

A hint of what to expect came from lead single Human – a catchy, crowd-pleasing effort that possibly drops one of The Killers’ most inviting choruses yet. The lyrics might not make a whole lot of sense, but there’s an epic-ness about the song that’s worthy of comparison to acts such as James, while the electronic pulse running throughout ensures it should do well on the dancefloor.

Prior to it, album opener Losing Touch kicks things off in suitably rousing fashion, combining another epic chorus, with some chunky guitar riffs and plenty of horn swells. It’s a real grower and a great starting point.

Elsewhere, the full scope of their songwriting ambition is evident on the headrush anthem that is Spaceman – a song that hits the ground running with loads of “uh uh oh oh”-ing, synth swells and short, punchy guitar riffs… not to mention a bizarre tale of alien abduction. But hey, The Killers hail from Vegas, so I guess anything goes!

Joy Ride, with its sexy bassline and funky throb, charts the ’80s territory that was so evident on Sam’s Town – but replaces the Springsteen-style American rock with an inspiration that’s more distinctly Roxy Music. Again, it shows how Flowers are company are equally adept at appealing to the dance scene as they are the arena crowd.

Lyrically, A Dustland Fairytale offers one of the songwriting highlights on the long-player – an epic slow-builder that actually gives rise to a riveting, if downbeat, tale. You could even make a case that they’ve been inspired by Meat Loaf for this one!

Elsewhere, This Is Your Life flirts with a We’re On A Road To Nowhere vibe, before reverting to more electronic melodies and instant appeal, while there’s even traces of bossa nova in I Can’t Stay to keep the listener firmly on their toes.

Further highlights come from the cheesy pop of The World We Live In, the seven-minute grandeur of Goodnight, Travel Well and the joyful exuberance of the foot-stomping final track A Crippling Blow, which contains one of the most urgent, appealing vibes The Killers have ever produced. It guarantees that you finish listening to this excellent new album on the highest of highs.

Download picks: Human, Spaceman, Joy Ride, A Dustland Fairytale, This Is Your Life, A Crippling Blow

Track listing:

  1. Losing Touch
  2. Human
  3. Spaceman
  4. Joy Ride
  5. A Dustland Fairytale
  6. This Is Your Life
  7. I Can’t Stay
  8. Neon Tiger
  9. The World We Live In
  10. Goodnight, Travel Well
  11. A Crippling Blow