The Killers - Day & Age
What sort of band are The Killers exactly?
Their first album, Hot Fuss had a distinctly European feel and yet they're American. Their second album, Sam's Town ditched the successful formula in favour of an Americana rock-influenced sound, and yet their latest single, Human appears to revert back to square one again. Confused? We are...
In their eagerness to surprise, they've also hooked up with Stuart Price, the guy who returned Madonna to the dancefloor with her hugely successful Confessions On A Dance Floor record and the resulting collaboration has pulled off what might just be their strongest album to date.
Opening track, Losing Touch sees the band draft in a brass band (that Mark Ronson has got a lot to answer for), Spaceman is an anthem to rival even Mr Brightside, while Joy Ride, with its 70s disco feel, sounds more like Scissor Sisters than The Killers.
A Dustland Fairytale begins quietly with a music box-style accompaniment before building to its epic climax. 'Cinderella in a party dress, she was looking for a night gown' sings Brandon Flowers in that unmistakeable voice. We've no idea what it all means but they've certainly got an ear for a tune.
This Is Your Life has a bizarre intro - pitched somewhere between a Gregorian chant and Paul McCartney's frog chorus, while The World We Live In sees the return of that horn section. It's by no means a faultless album though. At nearly seven minutes long, Goodnight, Travel Well is a lifeless track which just plods on and on... and on. All things considered, however, Day & Age is definitely an improvement on their last album and, judging by the rate the tickets for their latest tour sold out, they're in for a very successful year indeed.
1. Losing Touch
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 (Bonus Track)
Song you must download:
Monday 24th November on Vertigo Records.