Day & Age
Island; Release date: Nov. 24, 2008
The Deal: Las Vegas alternative rock quartet The Killers release a new 10-track album, titled Day & Age.
The Good: The disc begins with "Losing Touch," a feel good song filled with jingles and jangles, as well as a guitar solo towards the songs end. This leads into "Human," a fast, catchy synth-laden number with a chorus line that asks the silly question "Are we human or are we dancers?" (Just what that is supposed to mean? I don't know.) With those strange lyrics the transition from that song to "Spaceman" is easy. Despite the latter's zippy, pop beats and catchy chorus line, it's a little bizarre lyrically too. But, the album is still good. It's got the same zest that made the band's 2004 debut Hot Fuss and 2006's Sam's Town musical wonders. "Joyride," is a party of music grooves with scattered verses and a saxophone "A Dustland Fairytale," is my favorite track on the album, but it wasn't an easy choice.
The Bad: After track five, some of the songs became a little less interesting. This is, not to say they weren't good, but they lacked the zest and vigor that the albums first half strongly possessed.
The Verdict: If you didn't like any of The Killers previous efforts, you should shy away from this CD. The band's sound hasn't lost its touch or changed dramatically since its start in the music business. The songs are different, but they have the same special touch. Fans of previous albums by The Killers can rejoice with an add of this album to their music collections.