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The rock video for “Humans” visually checks off all The Killers’ typical glitzy signifiers (see the prowling white tiger amongst the crimson mesas). After Brandon Flowers and Co. plunked down their version of The Boss’s Americana, they now reinvent(!) themselves with Tropicália-Western songs (“I Can’t Stay” and “Joy Ride”). Alas, the Las Vegas quartet has become that white tiger in the middle of the desert—an out-of-place novelty to gawk at in the heat.

Flowers has said that Day & Age sounds “like looking at Sam’s Town from Mars,” and that sums this release up perfectly. Flowers’ inane Hunter S. Thompson-inspired lyrics flop onto the crest of the weak synth-rock tune, “Human”: “Are we human, or are we dancer?” Somebody needs to check their grammar.

“I Can’t Stay” is an agreeable tropical tune, with skronky saxophone and clear steel drums leading the charge. Eventually, it skitters through the marketplace, pick-pocketing your free time. That’s the showman’s charm that The Killers have possessed since the #1 hit days of “Mr. Brightside” and “When You Were Young.”

Of course, the insipid “Humans” has already followed suit, so any critique is tantamount to someone trying to pass legislation against gambling—it’s just not going to stop the endless phalanx of fandom. Enthusiasts and tetchy detractors will find something to cringe/applaud about as producer Stuart Price (Les Rhythmes Digitales) steers.

There’s a gracious piano ballad, overlaid with moldy Sam’s Town lyrics (“A Dusty Fairytale”), super-sized synth heroics reeking with effrontery (“Spaceman”), and another over-inflated mammoth (“Good-night, Travel Well”) to bookend the whole thing with a sample of ticking clocks. It’s an excruciating reminder of the time lost wandering around in the desert while a synth band screamed their importance. Getting mauled by that white tiger sounds a bit more exciting.(www.thekillersmusic.com)

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Nausicrate
January 10th 2011
1:26pm

The album has gone double platinum in the UK alone, debuting at number one and at number six in the US. Day & Age, the Killers third studio release, is a step away from the usual Killers fare of ‘MR. Brightside and ‘When You Were Young’.

Great tracks nonetheless, however, the new album has seen Brandon Flowers and his band take a new musical direction. A third album is important for a band, as it often signals experimentation, a move away from their established sound. Day & Age is certainly a new direction for the band, but a welcome one. Read more at Suite101: The Killers - Day & Age: Review of the New Album: Sam’s Town’s Successor Offers a New Side to the Killers. “Rolex Prices

Nausicrate
January 10th 2011
1:28pm

The album has gone double platinum in the UK alone, debuting at number one and at number six in the US. Day & Age, the Killers third studio release, is a step away from the usual Killers fare of ‘MR. Brightside and ‘When You Were Young’.Great tracks nonetheless, however, the new album has seen Brandon Flowers and his band take a new musical direction. A third album is important for a band, as it often signals experimentation, a move away from their established sound. Day & Age is certainly a new direction for the band, but a welcome one. “Rolex Prices

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