CD review: The Killers Day & Age
December 19, 2008
The new Killers album Day & Age doesnt re-define the rock landscape and it isnt going to influence an entire generation of musicians the way Velvet Underground or even R.E.M. albums did. To be honest, it doesnt even re-define their own musical landscape. But hey, who cares?What this album does do is make you feel good even when everything around you isnt. I dare you not to tap your toes, whistle, hum or even dance in the privacy of your own home when you put this album on. In times like these, when the economy is spiraling downward and the nights are getting colder its good to have something that you can turn to for a glimmer of hope. Day & Age does just this and for that I give thanks.Human, the albums first single is cut from the same cloth as the bands previous dancehall fillers and begs the question, Are we human or are we dancer? Anthemic, with swirling guitars and a danceable beat, it would fit nicely into a prom scene of a futuristic John Hughes film (and hopefully one where Ducky gets the girl damn you test audiences).Its a formula that The Killers have perfected and with the help of Stuart Price theyve got a producer whos more than happy to exploit the hell out of it. Price, a.k.a. The Thin White Duke as hes known in remix circles, is truly the albums star. Its obvious that he has an affinity for 80s pop and in The Killers he has found the perfect band to recreate a youth wasted on Duran Duran and INXS albums.In essence, thats the true genius of Day & Age. Songs like Joy Ride and I Cant Stay will remind you of a time when the only thing truly important about music was how it made you feel. Day & Age takes you back to a time before the Internet, when MTV actually played videos and your sense of awe and innocence about culture hadnt been replaced by contempt and derision.It should be no surprise then that the band hails from Las Vegas, a place that exists on the basis of recreating or remaining the world that we live in. The albums only misstep is Goodnight, Travel Well which begins with an ominous keyboard part that seems lifted from the soundtrack to Koyaaniquatsi but never really goes anywhere.When all is said and done Day & Age isnt so much about how Brandon Flowers and company feel but more about how Day & Age makes us feel. It wont be remembered as the life raft that albums like Highway 61 Revisited or Whats Going On were in troubled times. Instead it will go down as one hell of a pop album that gave us all a bit of an escape without giving us the answers. Are we human or are we dancer? Both.