It’s a new Day And Age

24 Nov

I’ve been waiting for the Killers’ new album ever since I saw Brandon Flowers’ twitchy performance on SNL, donning peacock shoulder pads. The anxiousness wasn’t so much out of excitement, but out of curiosity. Because “Human” as a single was a throwback to Hot Fuss, before the boys got all scruffy and washed off the eyeliner.

Now, with Day and Age, the eyeliner hasn’t come back, but the boys have glammed it up a bit since Sam’s Town. Flowers is rocking the sparkly keyboard once again, and the synthesizers have made their way back to the recording studio.

So was my curiosity quenched?

Why yes it was. Very much so.

Since both “Human” and “Spaceman” had a other-worldly feel to them, I expected the rest of Day and Age to be the same. Flowers said himself that Day and Age was “Sam’s Town in space.” Or something like that.

I particularly liked “Dustland Fairytale,” a neat little ditty that has a intro like the Killers drank a pint of Elton John before they started recording. It’s not too long, a keen 3:46, but still epic enough to stick in your head. It reminded me of “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll,” an outtake from the US version of Hot Fuss. If you haven’t heard that one, I highly recommend it. But with “Dustland,” I like the simple but charming lyrics, “Now Cinderella don’t you go to sleep / Its such a bitter form of refuge / Ahh don’t you know the kingdoms under siege / And everybody needs you.”

Day and Age sticks with the same lyric style as Sam’s Town, but gets more creative with the melodies and instruments used. Some of the songs, like “A Crippling Blow” and “Joy Ride” sound like they almost belong in a different decade, with the emphasized tambourine and distorted guitar licks. “Joy Ride” is probably my least favorite song on the whole album, because the melody is too simple and repetitive and sounds cheesy with the saxophone, almost Flock of Seagulls, 80’s movie soundtrack-ish.

Numerous songs on the album feature oddball voice part, like in “This is your life” where the song starts with almost tribal vocal riffs, which shows that Flowers and the gang got even more creative with their song writing after Sam’s Town didn’t do so well critically. But what I especially liked was the story aspect of all the songs, and how it left me with a picture in my mind, like a book. And Flowers stuck with his raw vocal power on this album, like he did on Sam’s Town, after departing from the stylized, studio created voice from Hot Fuss.

For sure, Day and Age seems like Sam’s Town in space. Some, glamorous, synthesized, cultural hodgepodge space.

If space is really like what Day And Age makes is out to be, that’s a space I’d like to visit.

❤ Abby

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