Published on November 24th, 2008 | by greg3
The Killers : Day & Age :: Review
After listening to this mess I asked myself, “What is this shit?” The Killers new album is completely unbearable. Following in the same path that was marked by ‘Sam’s Town,’ the Killers have fallen down a very slippery slope of excess and overproduction. The Killers do not possess the chops to pull off chameleon like changes as their hero, David Bowie. It seems they jump around genres only to concede to their critics and in the process switch back to their old sound.
Opening with a Haircut 100 rip-off, “Losing Touch” apes “Love + One,” then the album segues into mediocrity with the top 40 tailor made single, “Human.” The lyrics on both of these tracks are insipidly banal with the chorus on “Human” asking “..are we human? Or are we dancers?” Whatever edge this band might have had at one point is now lost, leaving them to be content to sound like the music in a Target advert.
Possessing all of the lyrical depth of a 7th grader’s notebook of poetry, The Killers have completely lost the plot. Consider the lyrical genius displayed here, “Dustland Fairytale beginning, just another white trash county kiss, ’61 long brown hair and foolish eyes. He looked just like you wanted him to, slick chrome American prince.” Ugh.
What’s sick is that every track starts off with an effect or gimmick to make it sound more epic. Follow that by the trite lyrics, and the cheese ball instrumentation. In a perfect world this crap would head straight to the cutout bin. Unfortunately, it will probably be a hit and fester for a while on the charts and linger; just pray it doesn’t inspire others to follow.