The Killers - Day & Age

by Matthew C. Miller on Nov 24, 2008 at 6:18 AM
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The Killers Day & Age

The Killers Day & Age is not to be missed. If you were a fan of Hot Fuss and then fell out over Sam's Town, perhaps Day & Age is the point where you climb back on board.

Recalling sounds from the 60's 'till now, Day & Age is a (Stewart) Price, (Brandon) Flowers masterpiece.  Not at all like Hot Fuss or Sam's Town the album is quite a bit more experimental than anything The Killers have done before.
Disc opener will strike you strangely at first with it's cool saxophone lines. Yes, saxophone. Don't worry, it's not ska, it's still The Killers. Just exploring a new sound direction. The sax gives way to tinkering-toy keyboards and mellow chorus running the sarcastic lines: "I'm in no hurry, you go run And tell your friends I'm losing touch Fill their heads with rumors of impending doom It must be true..." False stories of impending doom never sounded so sweet. "Losing Touch" sets the lyrical tone for the album. In sort of a direct, deep-in-thought way, it says: these things are what the world says, but none of it, none of it at all is true. These things are what matter.

Day & Age can at times feel like The Killers took vacations in several different areas of the world, listening to different decades of music while there and then set out to record. Joy Ride nestles up to you with a Jamaican Holiday Party atmosphere with horns and upbeat lyrics. "Spaceman" explores the universe of our hi-jacked lives from a macroscopic prospective to the happy sounds of a carnival-inspired jam session.  Sounds from African inspired 80's pop rock to Billy Joel to Bruce Springsteen to Caribbean atmospheric elevator music abounds in Day & Age as the band try new things and Brandon Flowers expands his vocal abilities. If your expecting a tight, focused, raw effort like Sam's Town, you might be disappointed at first. But I urge you to continue on for the reward is something you can take with you for much time to come. Day & Age is more electronic rhythmically than Sam's Town, but not exactly like what you've heard on Hot Fuss. It's totally new and different.

The pre-order version includes three additional tracks and the video for "Human" that are not to be missed. "Tidal Wave" sounds like Amy Grant's "Stay For A While" meets Billy Joel's "This Is The Time". That sort of slow, distant 80's soft rock sound that focuses your attention on the lyrics and puts you in a thoughtful mood. "Forget About What I Said" will be a welcome track to anyone who liked the b-sides from Sam's Town or Hot Fuss. The song sounds like it could have been included on Hot Fuss. "Forget About What I Said" has an irreverent, British-inspired punk-rocker feel. "Thin White Duke Club Mix" is probably not the best remix of Human, but is a fine background track. If you hear one song off of Day & Age, it will likely be "Human". "Human" is the ultimate Killer's song lyrically and has been subject to much debate over it's possible meanings and it's emphasis on a certain adjective where a noun is expected. i won't ruin the discovery for you, but read the lyrics below while listening to the song. "Human" wrestles with decisions. Walking through the door of a new opportunity or aborting a dream because of fear.

 

Track Listing:

 

   1. "Losing Touch" – 4:15
   2. "Human" – 4:09
   3. "Spaceman" – 4:44
   4. "Joy Ride" – 3:33
   5. "A Dustland Fairytale" – 3:45
   6. "This Is Your Life" – 3:41
   7. "I Can't Stay" – 3:06
   8. "Neon Tiger" – 3:05
   9. "The World We Live In" – 4:40
  10. "Goodnight, Travel Well" – 6:51

CD bonus track (UK and Australia)

  11. "A Crippling Blow" – 3:36

iTunes bonus tracks (US and Canada)

  11. "Forget About What I Said" – 2:57
  12. "Tidal Wave"
  13. "Human" (remix) (pre-order only)

iTunes bonus tracks (UK, Japan and Australia)

  11. "A Crippling Blow" – 3:37
  12. "Forget About What I Said" (pre-order only) – 2:57

 

 

The Killers - Losing Touch

 

Lyrics:

 

Human Lyrics:

 

I did my best to notice
When the call came down the line
Up to the platform of surrender
I was brought but I was kind
And sometimes I get nervous
When I see an open door
Close your eyes
Clear your heart...
Cut the cord

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance,
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye
Wish me well..
You've got to let me go

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Will your system be alright
When you dream of home tonight?
There is no message we're receiving
Let me know is your heart still beating

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer

You've got to let me know

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?
My sign is vital
My hands are cold
And I'm on my knees
Looking for the answer
Are we human
Or are we dancer?

Are we human?
Or are we dancer?

Are we human
Or are we dancer?

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