After a detour into earnest arena rock on 2006's "Sam's Town," the Killers are back firmly on the dance floor with the Stuart Price-produced "Day & Age," due Nov. 25 via Island. The club-ready fir
After a detour into earnest arena rock on 2006's "Sam's Town," the Killers are back firmly on the dance floor with the Stuart Price-produced "Day & Age," due Nov. 25 via Island. The club-ready first single "Human" debuts this week at No. 13 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.
Opener "Losing Touch" sets the template, with a David Bowie-inspired groove and buzzing horns. Frontman Brandon Flowers' lyrics remain inscrutable: "The legend grows of you got lost but you made your way back home / You sold your soul like a Roman vagabond."
Later, the Killers test out Duran Duran-style white funk on "Joyride," replete with a saxophone solo. Sax, steel drum, harp and acoustic guitar form an exceedingly unusual instrumental bed on "I Can't Stay," while "Spaceman" is a full-throttle new wave rocker with shades of Queen.
"Day & Age" concludes with the dark, bombastic epic "Goodnight, Travel Well," which runs almost seven minutes.
The Killers will perform "Human" this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The group will also play a handful of shows in the coming weeks, beginning Oct. 20 in its Las Vegas hometown and wrapping Nov. 3 in London.
Here is the track list for "Day & Age":
"A Dustland Fairytale"
"This Is Your Life"
"I Can't Stay"
"The World We Live In"
"Goodnight, Travel Well"