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Album Review

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

By: Joey Dwyer

On September 22 of this year, The Killers dropped Wonderful Wonderful, the band’s fifth studio album. The Killers have amassed a dedicated following over their time in the music industry. Their first album, Hot Fuss, (one of my favorite albums of all time) contained two of the band’s more popular hits: “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside.” They followed up with two additional successful albums: Sam’s Town and Day & Age, before taking a hiatus in 2009. Their fourth studio album, Battle Born, dropped in 2012 to a surprisingly harsh critical reception. That combined with little-to-no airplay resulted in the album flopping. All of that led up to the release of Wonderful Wonderful.

The album starts with a synth wind up that sets the listeners up for the album. The Killers’ music has always featured heavy electronic influences, and this album followed suit. The second song on this album is “The Man.” This is the only song I had heard before listening to the album in its entirety, and it is still as much of a jam as the first time I listened to it. The hard hitting synth drums combined with Brandon Flowers’s quick fire vocals make it impossible to listen to this song without moving to the beat. As I listened through the next few songs on the album (“Rut,” “Life To Come,” “Run For Cover”) I found myself getting a little bored. I stuck through those and I am so glad I did.

The “B-side” of this album is packed full of sleeper hits and overall great songs that have a great mix of vintage Killers as well as a new vibe to the group. It starts with the song “Tyson vs Douglas,” which details a young Brandon Flowers watching the great Mike Tyson falling to Buster Douglas. The song has a classic Killers feel and tells a coming-of-age type story. Next is “Some Kind of Love,” and this song had me in my feels. Most of the storytelling is done through the melancholy instrumentals and hollow vocals from Flowers. The next two songs (“Out of My Mind” and “The Calling”) flow into each other very nicely. They both have thumping baselines and make for great listening. The final song on this album is one of the best. “Have All The Songs Been Written” is Flowers taking an introspective look at his profession and how it has affected his creative drive. It is extremely relevant to anyone who has found themselves in a position where passion is fading.

This album as whole is superb and I would like to take it as a sign of great things to come from The Killers. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new to listen to and especially to anyone who enjoys the rest of The Killers’ discography.

Rating: 8/10

Favorite Tracks: “Tyson vs Douglas,” “Some Kind of Love,” “Have All The Songs Been Written”

Brian James

December 6th, 2017

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