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Day & Age CD (2008)

Artist: Killers

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Love, Love, Love this!

on 6/29/2011

This is my first purchase of Killers' stuff. I typically brush against 80's alternative and attempts to resuscitate it. However, after previewing track after track, I was sold. I can't think of another contemporary band who is able to do what these guys do so well. Each song is unique, the music is arresting, the lyrics are engaging, and the songs are flat out well done. My album has been on repeat throughout the weekend. I'm officially down with the Killers.

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Day & Age sees The Killers experimenting with different instruments: "I Can't Stay" has a tropical sound--thank the saxophone and steel drums--and, as the singer says, "could be the most perfect pop song we've ever written." "Losing Touch," meanwhile, is a gorgeous uptempo track with bright horns and grim lyrics ("impending doom, it must be true / I'm losing touch") that lend it an ominous vibe. "Spaceman," an unabashedly arena-sized glam-rock number whose associative lyrics reference, among other themes, alien abduction. "We've been playing it between "Read My Mind" and "Mr. Brightside," and it feels like it's been there forever," lead singer Brandon Flowers says. More than anything, The Killers are excited for their fans to hear what they've been creating, though, says bassist Mark Stoermer. "We're always a little nervous about whether people are going to like it."

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 209870244
UPC 602517872875
UPC 14 00602517872875
Format CD
Release Date 11/24/2008
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Author Killers
Artist Bio
The KillersInspiration has never eluded Las Vegas' The Killers, and it's a damn good thing it hasn't, because their newest record, their third studio album entitled Day & Age, is full of their finest songs to date. "I think about moments when we were coming up with "When You Were Young," or, in this case, "Spaceman,"" Flowers says. "If we'd decided at that moment, 'Let's go to the park,' they might not have happened. It's scary. It almost makes me not want to stop because I could be missing out on these wonderful songs. They're out there for the taking--you've just got to grab them."Together with bassist Mark Stoermer, guitarist Dave Keuning, and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Flowers helped to mold the album into 10 songs that work best together as a whole, each individually describing an evolution of the Las Vegas band's sound. "We're always pushing ourselves," says Stoermer, "and there's a lot of diversity here--from anthemic rock to dance songs." Flowers adds: "We felt like Sam's Town was a continuation of Hot Fuss, and we feel like this is a continuation of Sam's Town. But at the same time, Day & Age is totally different from both of them, while still sounding like us. It's kind of looking at Sam's Town from Mars."Those familiar with the band's oeuvre will recognize their signature in the synth-heavy "Human," four minutes of sweeping, epic rock, on which Flowers sings: "My sign is vital / My hands are cold / And I'm on knees, looking for the answer / Are we human, or are we dancer?" He says the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson about how America was raising a generation of dancers. But the song also had some help from album producer Stuart Price (aka Jacques LuCont), known for his work with Madonna and Missy Elliot, and who'd previously remixed "Mr. Brightside." "He was the icing on the cake," says Stoermer.
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Artist Killers
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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