Recordings | November 2017

By Julio C. Reyna, November 2017 Issue.

Artist: The Killers

Album: Wonderful, Wonderful

Label: Island Records


Brandon Flowers would like to remind you who “The Man” is. On Wonderful Wonderful, the first effort from The Killers in more than five years, the band aims to correct the missteps of their previous effort, but does not quite reach the peaks of their earlier work. The album finds the band in a curious place where name dropping and humblebragging band aid its struggle to determine self-identity.

The stand out is easily “Run For Cover,” an urgent, guitar-heavy and synth-filled track  that gives a chorus that will likely go down as one of the band’s classics. “Run for cover/Run while you can, baby/never look back…” Flowers sings in the all too familiar key when his voice is being pushed to brink and you can almost hear it break. The song also finds the band getting more political than ever with not-so-thinly-veiled references throughout. Yes, “fake news” is dropped within the track.

While each song feels, at times, loud and over-the-top in true the Killers fashion, so much of the album seems to struggle. Is this a love letter to the fans or is it another place holder for the next round of tour stops? For the better part of the past two years, The Killers have received headlining spots on countless festival bills and tours. It makes one wonder if the trajectory on this album was to simply appease that type of audience.

While the band has stated that this is their most progressive work to date, this album sonically and lyrically falls somewhere between Sam’s Town and Day and Age. In fact, the way the album progresses and the thematic points it hits tend to really follow the model that the former has laid out.

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