I am a big fan of Brandon Flowers and company and I have been waiting for the new album for years. Wonderful Wonderful is out now! But before talking about it I have to make a flashback.
The first time I listened to The Killers in the 2004 with “Somebody told me” I thought they were already famous. Simply because they were too cool for not being famous yet. They were something really peculiar also because they were exactly in the middle as the last ones to use the synths since 80s (an example? Joy Division) and among the first ones to use them in the new century. Or better in the new millennium. Tracks with a catchy melody and that pop rock flavor that knows how to enchant. Hot Fuss was one of the revelation album of the year. And almost every song of it was a hit single: Mr. Brightside, Smile Like You Mean It and also All These Things That I Have Done (My Favorite). So I started to consider them among my fave bands.
There was something so fresh in their sounds. And the security of Brandon Flower’s eyes made every song a mystical emotion: I still remember when they appeared in an episode of O.C. teen serie. Then I had the luck to see their live performance in Rome a couple of years ago (or maybe more! Hmm) and they were so incredible. Brandon is a star player on the stage and a very charismatic man. I love his way of writing songs and his approach to things. And also the band (drummer, first) is technically perfect and interesting.
So it’s easy to see that basically I like them a lot. But their last album “Wonderful Wonderful” leaves me a little bit doubtful. It’s still cool but not so convincing that makes you say “Wow! great album”. It’s technically perfect with interesting lyrics and melodic parts but it’s so 70s sometimes. And I don’t know why but the main song “The Man” reminds me a lot of Everything Now of Arcade Fire. Anyway, I wait to see them live again. And in the meanwhile I like listening to this song.