DISCLAIMER: I’m not really a fan of the recent low-fi (Hives, Strokes, Jet, etc) or emo (Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, etc) movements in music. I’ve tried to enjoy the music and really wish I could like it, but I just don’t.
That’s why it was so strange that I ented up liking, and buying the new CD from “The Killers”, a band that actually falls right in the middle of both musical categories mentioned above. However, to their credit, they are a little different and have a tighter and more impressive sound than I’ve heard from any of those other bands. I think it’s their incorporation of synth-pop elements that give them a distinctive flavor. It also makes them sound a little bit “80’s” at times, but not in a bad way.
The song that got me to purchase the record was “Somebody Told Me” which remains my absolute favorite on the CD. It’s this up-tempo, electronically charged song that has infected my mind to the point where I’m whistling the chorus at work. God I love it. I also really enjoy “Andy, You’re a Star”, “Mr. Brightside” and “Believe Me Natalie”, however, they don’t reach the sheer awesome quality of “Somebody Told Me”. Still, though, an excellent CD all around.
**** (4 stars) / out of 5