Based on interviews alone, itâ€™d be easy to dismiss The Killers as little more than naive keyboard rockers with laughably bombastic quotes about world domination or simply millennials who just discovered Depeche Mode and David Bowie and have a few more minutes left on their fame stop watch.
Granted front man Brandon Flowers comes off in magazines about as sympathetic as one of the Gallagher brothers, but to dismiss their music on these interviews alone is a mistake. With their third record, Day & Age, The Killers have turned in one of the most decadently fun records of 2008. Sure the sound is not painstakingly original like some of the more somber art rockers that turned in efforts this year (um, TV on the Radio), but itâ€™s the CD youâ€™re going to pop in again and again over the next few years. Songs like â€œHuman,â€ with itâ€™s in hard-to-shake and grammatically off chorus, and the bouncy â€œSpacemanâ€ are among the best the band has recorded in their brief career.
Unlike their last effort, the polarizing Samâ€™s Town, Flowers & Company looked beyond Petty and Springsteen this time around for inspiration, opening up their influences to everyone from New Order to the Psychedelic Furs. There are one or two missteps on the 10 song record, (the saxophone solo on â€œJoy Rideâ€ sounds like a soundtrack to Miami Vice), but far more stellar tracks make the record one worth owning. While The Killers may not scream indie street cred, Day & Age is one of the few albums released over the past 12 months that youâ€™re still going to be listening to this time next year.
Top Tracks: â€œHumanâ€, â€œSpacemanâ€ and â€œThe World We Live Inâ€
Rating: 8 out of 10.
The Killers â€“ Day & Age (CD) / 2008 Island / 10 Tracks