The Killers: Day & Age

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Brad Kelly

24th November 2008
At 12:44 GMT

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There are many, many views on The Killers.

One is that they are the very definition of Satan incarnate and are only here to spread a deadly virus that causes severe blood secretion from the ears to those who listen.

Another is that they’re here to genuinely entertain, playing anthemic pop gems to the masses and bringing smiles to people’s faces.

Day & Age, The Killers third and most recent effort is officially here and regardless of where you opinion sits with the band, it’s not likely to change a bit with this release.

What’s immediately apparent with this album is the feeling of disdain when the realisation hits. The realisation that I have to sit here with this turgid piece of sickly sweet drivel on repeat and attempt a fair review, the realisation that The Killers are in fact, Satan incarnate.

Introductory track Losing Touch starts with a hint of promise but is destroyed the instant Brandon Flowers enters with his ridiculous voice. I have never got his appeal and it’s obvious I never will. He sounds like a passionless, squealing idiot throughout half the tracks on here and manages to come off as a camp, pretentious idiot throughout the other half.

Human is a possible highlight, if you consider basic pop/disco fusion and trite lyrics as a highlight. “Are we human? Or are we dancer?” asks Flowers. Did I just hear a Hunter S Thompson reference in a Killers track? *attaches noose to neck*

In the best interest of not coming across as your typical Killers hater, what can be said as a positive about this album is that it’s not as bad as their previous effort Sams Town, which is now used as an official Strange Glue threat. “One more sick day from you and it’s off to Sam's Town!”

Some of the songs come across in the vein of annoying-but-forgettable catchiness instead of so-repetitive-I-could-choke catchiness and believe it or not, some songs hold back enough to sound quaint instead of the usual overblown theatrical rubbish. I Can’t Stay is the shortest attempt on the record and is all the better for it. There are no ridiculous synths in the background to detract from the music, no bombardment of clichéd baselines. It’s…nice?

Goodnight, Travel Well is the obvious last track choice; it’s a slow burner with Flowers pouring his heart out over the top. However much dislike someone has for The Killers, this actually sounds like an honest attempt at being a serious band and my god do they sound the better for it.

Overall, Day & Age is another batch of typical Killers bombast. It has everything their fans have been waiting for and will no doubt please the masses.

It’s also another tired piece of bravado from one of the worst bands around today and will do nothing for those who consider themselves fans of real, genuine music.

Rating:  3 / 10

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