Review ·

The best albums are the ones that leave you feeling as if you know exactly where the artist is coming from. That's an oversimplification: There are probably terrible albums that make perfectly clear the artists' intent. But with every album I love, I can immediately recall the feeling of intent, urgency and, most important, necessity in the work. In the end, that's the question every artist must answer: Did they need to do it? I can't answer for the Killers regarding Day & Age, but I can guess the answer: Maybe.

 

The most absurd thing about this record is the feeling throughout that the Killers are just aping what they think a band does, without any artistic conviction of their own. The album has a consistent lack of meaning and genuine feeling -- an album should feel like it's about something, after all. The Killers seem to go out of their way to obfuscate. Each of the songs on Day & Age could maybe, plausibly, theoretically, be about something, but they never let us know what that might be.

 

Of the many reasons for this, one is the Killers' continued reliance on musical stylings that many associate with '80s new wave. Not a problem, if it's done right, which here it is not. It is rote and store-bought. They even take a detour into disco-tinged rock for "Joy Ride," with cheesy horns and lyrics like, "When your chips are down/When your highs are low/ Joy ride." It's about as embarrassing as it sounds. The Carribbean-influenced "I Can't Stay" is just an awkward, tepid addition, as if the members were concerned that the album was too white-sounding. It makes my heart go out to the steel drums and harp that were used in the recording.

 

Don't get me wrong: The Killers are in the business of making pop songs, and the album has some enjoyable pop -- the inane and commercial "Spaceman," for instance, has a fine (but mindless) assemblage of hooks and cool vocalizations. But inevitably, the album's smart pop legs collapse under the weight of its awkward, unwieldy bulk. On every track Brandon Flowers' vocals take center stage, without any musical frills around them, and we're forced to endure Flowers' high school poetry class banalities.

 

Try this on for size: "The unknown distance to the great beyond/Stares back at my grieving frame/ To cast my shadow by the holy sun/ My spirit moans with a sacred pain." And what of the question asked by the album's first single: "Are we human/Or are we dancer?" If anyone were to argue that that means something, I would shout them down in public. 

 

I'm sure the Killers feel Day & Age is a serious movement for them. After all, Flowers said of his group's previous LP, Sam's Town, that it "would be one of the best albums of the past twenty years." They take their work pretty seriously. Unfortunately, that doesn't automatically mean they make serious work.

  • Losing Touch
  • Human
  • Spaceman
  • Joy Ride
  • A Dustland Fairytale
  • This Is Your Life
  • I Can't Stay
  • Neon Tiger
  • The World We Live In

One of the most revered and reviled bands in rock and roll return flush with Olympic exposure for their  their fourth album and first studio set since 2006's Sam's Town. Day and Age may also be the first bicontinental album in the history of rock and roll, as the band sent demos from their Las Vegas studio to producer Stuart Price in London. Singer Brandon Flowers says that Day and Age is a thematic contiuation from Sam's Town and that "Human," the first single, is a "combination of Johnny Cash and the Pet Shop Boys."

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What in the hell has this album to do with rock...?? Terrible mix of different genres without pure idea. After Sam's In Town this is a disaster. Where are those wonderful quitar sounds and walls which made last album so great?? And where are good songs! I think Killers came a long way down on earth with this strange coctail of nonsense. Just pure trash from so great band, how is this possible.

Bixxel

this album is vastly overrated. a few tracks are really quite good. Some fillers and some just bland tracks give us nothing. Lyrics are fairly unmoving. 5/10

Rob

I liked their first album. I disliked all albums after their first. From what i have heard of Day & Age, its gonna be better than their first album.

Sean

Get your facts right, its Sams Town not Sams in Town!!!
For all Victims (Killers official fans), this album is s**t hot

K11

this album is too HOT to be real. Sorry!

mafi

To be honest with you this album is a 9/10

Sparkydude31809

This album has something for everyone......
Not surprisingly, my favorites on the album are the ones that retained that Sam's Town

CMSS

haha sams in town!!!
If your gonna slag it off mate, at least get it right!!!
Its alot different to the killers normal stuff. think its gonna gain them a few new fans!!
I think its amazing!!

Charlie

Listening to this album makes me feel like I've been transported back to the 80's. And that's a good thing. The Killers have never been a "serious" band; they're a party band. This is a good party album. I'm gonna go dance...

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I can't lie...I really like some Killers' songs. That "Shadowplay" song on the Control soundtrack is pretty damn catchy. But you are spot on about the strange feeling that the Killers are acting like a band--aping an indie rock band, swagger and all.

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Critics are just a personal opinion but they are right, Killers fans do love it. I find it funny how they babble about how it makes no sense, and is unmoving. Quite the opposite, in fact listening to day and age makes all of the other music I listen to sound like crap. Their best work yet

Sunnyj

Saw Cinderella in a party dress but she was looking for a Nightgawn - enough said, just for that song Day & Age is worth it.

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There's something that MANY of you are missing... Hot Fuss was Hot Fuss. Sam's Town was Sam's Town...and SURPISE! Day & Age is Day & Age. For those of you who are saying you're disappointed that Day & Age didn't sound like [insert favorite Killer's album] you need to realize that like most good bands, they are trying new sounds to keep developing and changing. I wouldn't be nearly the Killer's fan that I am now if all of their CD's kept the same sound.

Hot Fuss was great and I thought Sam's Town was even better (minus Uncle Johnny, should have never been released, even on Saw Dust...) and I feel Day & Age is great too, but in a different sense.

The reviewer giving it a 3.0 obviously isn't well versed in music (especially American music) to understand what makes it great. I Agree with Sunnyj that if you aren't a Killer's fan, the meanings and lyrics are just going over your heads. Every line in every song is perfectly planned and executed. There's deep meaning in each line, each verse, each song, and as an album as a whole, all building upon each other.

I would give Day & Age a 9.5/10. Short but sweet.

enjoi

Fantastic album, better than Sams Town. It really is great and there are only a couple of fillers later on in the album (I Cant Stay). I love Joy Ride dont say its bad plz.

JoshB

Day and Age is my favorite album of theirs and they are my favorite band therefore making this my favorite album of all time. It was short but the individual tracks were pretty long especially the 6 1/2 minute "Goodbye, Travel Well" song that Brandon Flowers dedicated to his mother that is dying of cancer which made me cry cause my mom is also.

Whoever wrote this review isn't a true killers fan when he critisizes the lyrics...this was wrote by some Fall out Boy fan that can't face how much their preferred band is just an overmarketed lousy untalented bunch. I actually love joy ride cause it gives me flashbacks of my own past experiences and is just a fun happy song

NickC

The reviewer is clearly deranged.

Audie Murphey

It's sad, but true. When you have people who have, in their very being, inculcated this idea that this is the greatest band ever, because they loved Hot Fuss so much, they will be totally blind to the fact that this album is absolutely awful.

Ryan

The Killers are vapid. Are we human or are we dancer?????? That's even worse than "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier". Rubbish.

Mant

The killers have produced yet another AMAZING album. like brandon said if you've been with the band since the beginning you'll understand the album and where their going at with the direction of the music. They are not hear to satisfy everyone but you have to admit their music is way more diverse than most bands, musicians ever. They're not afraid to experiment with new different genres, sounds, instruments, and they come out, putting out another great album after the other. They want to be the best in music and you cant be if you stick with just being good at one thing, afraid of being different and scared to fail at it, they're talented and have been successful in pop, rock, dance, jazz music, etc. this is what a REAL band is. It's incredible of how they produce each record and it's always soo good. Its exciting to listen to something new, not "reinventing the wheel"- brandon flowers. The experimentation and diversity of the band is what i respect most and that they create music, universal language, now their music i can honestly say is universal to everyone. they excite me for what they will come up with next and they kill at everything they do.

TK

This reviewer is absolutely absurd!! Art is not about commuicating thing and making sure everyone knows exaclty that one thing. True art is more concerned with touching people rather than just saying one thing. The best artists are ones who dont spell everything out for you but ask the question

Salome

Putting aside the argument about the infusion of various musical styles and motifs... so masterfully done by the band in all their albums, the album 'Day and Age' is worth listening to simply because of the mesmerizing lyrics of the tracks like 'A Dustland Fairytale', 'Spaceman' and of course, 'Human'. The reviewer calling them Flowers' "high school poetry class banalities" simply denotes the fact that the reviewer has a hard time understanding this thing called 'Poetry', since even someone with a vague poetical sense would atleast appreciate the lyrics, if not understanding them entirely. Its only natural that non-Killers fans would have a hard time understanding Killers at first... but I fail to realize why someone sits down to write a review then?? Maybe they should start by listening to songs like 'Mr. Brightside' and 'When you were young'. If they don't "get" the songs after listening to them a couple of times, plz don't even listen to "day and age", its not for YOU! And do spare us the ordeal of another 'couldn-understand-so-trash-talking' review!!

Jesse

I'm afraid all those who feel the reviewer has given it a poor review are biased. I'd have to agree that this album is quite bland...however..I heard Spaceman live from Jools...and it was 100% better than the album version...hopefully the same can be said of the rest of the tracks. I think the people who are bagging it are also biased because they have too high expectations...same thing happened with Oasis with Be Here Now (follow up to What's the Story?). I think this album will bring new fans, however, rock lovers (who are fans of killers) might feel a bit jibbed with none of the song really filling the shoes of a full on Rock Song.

b

Day and Age = Quality

otoskreen

"are we human or are we dancer" is a Hunter S Thompson reference. Do a little research.

Suzie

It is a Hunter S Thompson reference, but it's still garbled. His quote was 'We’re raising a generation of dancers’.

I agree that some of their lyrics are great, but some really stick in my craw. The line 'I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier', as pointed out above, is crap.

Kymbos

That is why it is just a reference and not a quote. I guess maybe the creative liscense side of me is talking here, but I like it. I don't think it has to convey the exact meaning of Thompson's quote to be a reference. According to the reviewer this must make me crazy, but something about it just makes sense to me, even though if he wanted to be totally correct about it he would have said "dancers". I think Human and A Dustland Fairytale are both phenomenal songs.

Suzie

Day & Age is one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life. The reviewer is completely wrong, and simply doesn't understand music. Just because the reviewer can't appreciate great poetry doesn't mean he should call Flower's lyrics "high school poetry class banalities". I couldn't disagree more with this article. This album has everything music can offer from the brilliant lyrics, the catchy hooks, the amazing voice of Brandon Flowers, and the great poetry. I loved Hot Fuss, I loved Sam's town, and I'm absolutely infatuated with this album. The Killers just get better and better. I understand when non-killer fans say they don't understand the music, all it takes is a couple listens for those to appreciate it. Bravo to Jesse's comments, as agree with you 100%.

Ben

Day & Age is one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life. The reviewer is completely wrong, and simply doesn't understand music. Just because the reviewer can't appreciate great poetry doesn't mean he should call Flower's lyrics

Ben

I have to agree with the reviewer entirely. The Killers have totally lost their identity with this album. Way too over produced. Completely lost their raw giutar and synth sound. On one track there was even steel drums and a saxaphone - oh dear!
If I wanted to listen to a bunch of session musicians playing I would have bought a Take That album! This is commercial pop music - not The Killers. And I was so looking forward to this album.

Paul

the killers are AMAZING i fell in love with them b.c they dont DEFINE thier songs Brandon writes them to mean something to him but It can mean something completely different to the persons listening to it

DAY&AGE is brilliant. true rock is back in America due to these guys and I thank them for that; Screw emos, screw rap crap, screw all this other sold out crap that makes up America.

and for the record..the killers are not POP..beyonce is pop, britney spears is pop...the killers are not pop..whoever wrote this review is a dip... when it comes to music. its a shame critics dont know anything about true meaningfull and inspiring music.

long live the killers

LISA

For those of you who think anything negative of "Day and Age" including the reviewer, must have your eardrums located in your a**holes. You don't know music and you shouldn't even have the right to judge if you don't like this album. The songs on this album are the sounds of emotions. If you would rather have your music spelled out for you, then you people are better off listening to Madonna, Fall Out Boy, Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake. They keep the masses happy with their never-evolvong boring one-note excuse for music. Everything this maniac wrote of the Killers is the exact antithesis of what they are: an extremely talented group of musicians who are fearless and are masters of executing flawlessy catchy hooks, melodies, and lyrics. If music is meant to be art, then who the hell would want to know exactly what each lyric means and why the artist is singing them...that's absolutely boring. That's why this album is spectacular, because it is open for interpretation to the listener. Richardson, you need to pack up all 3 of your braincells and go to a Fallout Boy concert where you'll fit right in...

Michele

Yeah I agree with whoever said this reviewer is deranged. Just because the songs don't say everything in a way that they are used to people saying it doesn't mean it has no reason. Go listed to country if thats what you think music should be. You obviously can't understand metaphor at all. Every single song on this CD has a meaning and a feeling attached to it; at least I feel it. You cant tell me that is nothing, because if it awakens in me feelings and ideas that I don't know how to describe to actually do them justice, then you are inherently wrong. You don't get them, that doen't mean they aren't there.

Ashley

The reviewer clearly doesn't understand music. What a joke. I hope he doesn't get paid for the trash he writes.

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This album has to be one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. The reviewer should be banned from writing. What a moron. "The Killers are just aping what they think a band does, without any artistic conviction of their own" , are you kidding me?! Every song, every line, is what music should be. This is art, this is great poetry. Go listen to some Mariah Carey you loser.

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The Killers get better every time I listen to them. This album is a complete masterpiece. Who is this MattyCakes loser reviewer? What does he know about art, music, passion, poetry? Not jack sh**t. The nonsense he spews is complete blasphemy.

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I completely agree with the past few posts. This reviewer completely wrong and if this site wants to have any credibility they should get rid of this goof. What a moron! This album is incredible. Music has never made me feel the way this album makes me feel.

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Wow I disagree 100% with the reviewer. What an idiot! He wrote the exact opposite of what this album is. This album is art. Short but sweet. It's what music should be. The reviewer shouldn't write anything else for the rest of his life.

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This album is a complete masterpiece. Enough said.

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Day & Age is a great album my all means. No song is too out their and no song makes you want to skip it (if you know what I mean).

The review makes it sound like The Killers are having problems feeling their own type of music. Not true. They are merely experimenting new types of music. As a person above said Day & Age is Day & Age, nothing else. Would you rather listen to Hot Fuss spin offs?

Rawr

I can understand that resent for this album, trust me I get it. But I think the quick dismissal is truly unfair. The Killer's know what they're doing, and they're good at it. In the midst of an Indie Rock world they provide something truly alternative--neither bland as a Top 40 hit or as over-personal as a dismissed Indie tune. They provide power hitting tracks that are catchy and instantly recognizable, and that's something that we need from the Rock world. The only similarly catchy singles coming out of today's music world come from the Rap/Hip-Hop scene, and while I don't mind Rhianna every once in a while, its good to recognize some guitar every once in a while.

And the comments on the band's lack of resonance are inane. While they may not pack as much punch as Sufjan's Casmir Pulaski Day or Death Cab's I Will Follow..., they have a certain universiality to them that's pleasant. In Goodnight, Travel Well they are distant and they are vague--but despite my lack of care for the verses, those words "There's nothing I can do now" have an instant impact. I don't have to think when I listen to this album, it does the thinking for me. And sometimes that's refreshing.

Joel

u must heard thiss album , because its full of good content

alma

this album is sweet.
hot fuss is still my favourite, but day&age is effing amazing. i can't get enough.

Neen

Ok . this is a golden moment for anyone fortunate enough to stumble on this message. There may only be a few of you before it is censored out, so do hope you listen well and share this story as it will not be repeated.
All you learn from this moment forward will have to be through your own awakening.

The Killers album, Day and Age, is a fantastic and disturbing tale of a privileged few, the Illuminated, seeking real shelter (one may, for instance, throw away their money and run to the valley of the great divide...Denver Intenational Airport...a massive secret underground shelter) in the not so distant future during a time of what may be incredible human suffering. Look it up. See Denver Airport Mural.

The point is this.... The Killers songs are not nonsensical. Poetry, yes. Mystical indeed.
Flowers delivers the message of a soul and indeed FOR all the "chosen" souls that ache knowing that when most on this world are suffering, they, a relative handful of world elite, will be safely cared for as the earth endures radical physical stress as it enters the galactic plane in 2012. It can leave a human empty, and guilt ridden.

Known to many as the Dark Rift, knowledge of this event has passed on by Day and by Age; Pyramidial alignment with the stars, the Mayan Calendar, Secret Societies, and now the Killers, in brave fashion, consistent with the open symbolism we see each day on the money that we use, have been instructed to deliver ever so discreetly this message of comfort to the illuminated as they scatter across the globe wringing their hands and selecting their bunk mates so to speak.

This is not conspiracy. This is not a careless message of doom and gloom. This is nature. It is natural for the earth to cycle through ages of birth, death, and renewal. It is natural for humans to seek shelter and endure in troubled times.....and when such adequate shelter is too scarce for all, it is natural for those who have such a unique privilege to keep it secret...keep it safe....and to make very careful choices about who they bring from this Day and Age into the next.

Listen to the album with this topic in mind and perhaps you'll enjoy it as it was intended to be enjoyed by the few, the guilty, the sheltered Illuminati........and then again, perhaps not.

Read deep my friends. Your future existence depends on it.
Wake up.
Prepare
Be Strong
Be safe.
Peace.

E

ok u idiots, as a REAL musician, I write songs myself, WHO GIVES ABOUT CATEGORIES, if your too numb skulled to even reach out to other music, than you dont like music, and original poster, your obviously horrible at this, being Human has a meaning, Hunter S. Thompsan did a review and he said that, dancer referring to people oblivious to the world around us, human, referring to people that can change, make a difference to the world around us, the song is about Hunter S. Thompsan... The Killers are my biggest influence, I've found meanings to each song, bands like that musicians learn to write songs by. Learn to write a legit review.

John

Well, I don't know about all y'all, but I'm just excited that I can go to the Denver Airport and be protected when the world goes to s***.

Gabi Porter

Wow. Wow. Dude up there, "E," is too serious. Wow.

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You know, I think that Denver airport stuff was taken from Stephen King's The Stand.

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I believe that most of this album is dedicated to his mother and how he is trying to deal with it. Most specifically, "Losing Touch," "Human," and "Goodnight, Travel Well"

Odysseus

The person who wrote this review is an absolute moron, who knows nothing about music and is just so, so shallow, it is laughable! What a jerk!!!!
The Killers Rock!!! Day & Age is the best album out in a very long time!!!!! Open your ears!!!

Dawni

I think some people like this reviewer like to think of themselves as smart and when they can't figure out what something means right away they dismiss it as meaningless because they don't have the brain capacity to think about things on a deeper level. It is not the reviewer's fault though, because not everyone is actually smart. Maybe the reviewer should stick with music more on his and or her level, like Limp Biscuit or Fall out Boy

Viv

Brandon Flowers & the rest of The Killers have become one of the greatest bands to date. Their music is magical, and anyone who cannot enjoy their music is simply close minded, and has no sense of great music. The reviewer is laughable, I just shake my head at that idiot and laugh.. Bravo to The Killers, keep it up.

Matty Cakes, don't keep it up. Do us a favor and give up on music, take a break and go eat some ice cream.

Sean

I totally agree with Matt. I don't like The Killers and I'm laughing at all these super serious comments.

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Aww Kyle, standing up for your colleague Matty Cakes I see. How cute. Maybe you both should go out for ice cream together? Hold hands and sing some Mariah Carey together?

Sean

I wish the Killers were as good as Tokio Hotel. Those girls are hot.

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Ok, this is my third favorite thread (behind Andrews Lil Wayne cover and Tokio Hotel). Is it just me or are The Killers Nostradmus' disciples? Because according to some people on here (refer to E) this album may just hold the answer to life, the universe and everything. Which as we all know is 42. So I don't get the correlation. :-)

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Whats with the repeated ice cream references?

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lol @ Al.... The Killers are great! Kyle and Matt are lost.

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AMAZING ALBUM AND I LOVE THE KILLERS.

tk

I listen to this album constantly..almost obsessively. That hasn't happened for a long time. Favorites include 'Dustland Fairytale' and 'Joyride' but heck their all brilliant songs.

Davy

Just saw their show and the concert really helps frame the new material. I wasn't overly impressed with Day and Age beforehand. I loved This is Your Life and Losing Touch but the rest of it just seemed mildly entertaining. The concert gave songs like Joyride, Dustland Fairytale, Spaceman, and others an extra intoxicating dimension.

Jake

Simply one of the best bands ever. Their music is addicting and simply mesmerizing. If you haven't heard them live, you must as soon as possible. You can even youtube their live performances. They are one of the few bands that sound exactly like their album when performing live. It's a remarkable thing to see and hear.

Day & Age will go down as the greatest album this decade. I really don't understand what the reviewer is thinking, he rips all the credibility from this web site with his horrible attempt at reviewing.

Joe

Joe, your are dead on! They are impecable live! Just as good if not better than the actual album...Matty cakes, are you living in a cave of shame yet after all these people put you in your place? It must suck to be you..

Mika

What a horrible review!! Wow, Mathew you clearly have no idea of what your doing. How did he even get that job? Makes me lose all respect for this web site.

Cable Guy

Kajagoogoo > Take That > Poop > The Killers

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Kajagoogoo? Now you're talking. I do an amazing version of "Too Shy" at karaoke.

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This record is a bunch of stink.

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Why does everyone above use the "you have to see it live" thing to confirm liking this album? What can possibly by learned by seeing this album (which is total butt) performed live? The confirmation that Brandon Flowers (who is total butt) is total butt?

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Why on earth would anyone pay money to see The Killars?

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True dat:

Death > Seeing the Killers live

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I think I would rather eat a toenail sandwich than pay to see The Killers live.

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But whose toenails? Brandon Flowers'?

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Wonderful album. A great change of direction. Original. Depending on who you are, of course. Grumpy grouches simply don't appreciate anything, like this album, that is upbeat and, yes, subtly parodic/self-conscious of the genres it is inspired by. Which may be thanks to Price. For me, much of the animosity directed towards this album has more to do with the band's lead singer's public persona, i.e. tabloid nonsense, and with the fact that this album is quite, well, gay (a designation which many people out there still have an aversion to), than it has to do with sense.

NGL345

No, it's because THE MUSIC IS TERRIBLE.

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Firstly, this is no indie band: Flowers has stated publicly his ambition to dominate the world with the band's music. And the band's music has always been oriented towards mass consumption. So if you're not a fan of radio-friendly pop music, you should probably be listening to something else; something darker, angstier, angrier, more abstract, tortured.

Secondly, the music itself is self-consciously corny in many respects: I'm sure that Price knew what he was doing in referencing 80's synth pop and David Bowie, amongst other such instances. Moreover, the sometimes nonsensical lyrics go well with this genre: did David Bowie or the Pet Shop Boys make any sense in a conventional sense? I think not.

All of which is to say that you either appreciate this pastiche of an album, and thus "get" it, or don't.

NGL3

No I "get it." I "get" that it blows.

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Overblown 70's glam/ 80's synth pop nostalgia is not for you, then. Agreed.

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"are we human or are we dancer"

lololol

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Not for you either, then. Pure and simple.

If this album is as awful and abysmal as you believe it is, you may want to expend more psychic energy on thinking and writing about what you DO enjoy. To me, it is interesting that people spend so much time on blogs and message boards wasting time by habitually denigrating what they dislike vehemently. Life is too short. (Unless something is being repressed, and finds expression in such behaviour?)

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There's a clear difference between something being "for" someone, and something being "bad." For instance, death metal is not "for" me because I don't prefer to listen to that branch of music. But I do listen to 80's new-wave pastiche (like the Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more), and I find the Killers to be hopelessly terrible. They're too self-serious, too limp, and too self-referential.

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To be honest, I prefer to ignore those moments on this album in which the singer's narcissism gets away with itself. Sure. His lyrics are pompous and self-important at certain moments, which can be grating. And there are one or two songs that are awful.(In truth, the album probably deserves a 7.5. rather than a 9.5.) However, I think that, for the most part, and in some strange way, the album works. It shouldn't, but it does. Again, I think this may have something to do with the producer, who has fashioned an album that IS self-conscious and witty, and in some respects even subtle, in spite of the lead singer's massive ego and delusions of grandeur.

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The Killers absolutely rock. This album has to be one of the best albums I've ever heard. What is this "writer" talking about? Also, the line "are we human or are we dancer" comes from a quote by an author named Hunter S. Thompson regarding us raising a generation of dancers. Dammit, do some F'n research you wanna-be writer. I really hope you don't get paid for this crap you write.

Jay

Yes, yes. Brandon Flowers makes you all want to tear your clothes off. It all has a deeper meaning that clearly YOU don't grasp, blah blah blah.

Well, surprise surprise, this album came out and I let my Victims membership (gasp) run out. I tried to like it, truly. Much like Sam's Town, I played it every night falling asleep, trying to catch the same fickle thread of understanding that I eventually grabbed and channeled with the first two albums. No cheese. I tried to follow it, and yes, I know you consider this a developmental album, but come on. Sam's Town was supposed to be a developmental album, and Hot Fuss simply broke the mold. That same broken mold apparently was glued back together and this wooden, disjointed thing was glued into it. There's no flow, no soaring, inspiring riffs from Dave or frantic drumbeats from Ronnie. For Christ's sake, watch a live video of This River Is Wild versus Human and Ronnie looks as if he's being electrocuted. Painfully. It feels like they're holding themselves back in an attempt to appeal to a broader fan base - a ruse I simply can't support.

I guess I'm the kind of fan base that doesn't appreciate "Brandon Flowers accepting Best Band Award." (Thanks for the clarity, NME.) What happened to the 'band' part? And for heaven's sake, get the boy a new jacket and some food.

Ketti

WOW! This album is absolute crap. Only 10 songs, 3 of which are actually decent. Too much drugs/ fame have destroyed this band. I just don't get all this retro 70's and 80's s**t, reminds me of the MGMT CD (also crap).I want my $8.99 back.

LakersMan

ketti I agree with you I also did it, I heard the songs over and over till the last and I cant!! i just cant!! I mean I love then, the 3 older albums were great but this last one is just.........terrible.
Yeah the lyrics doesnt have to make sence to get to you, as well as many things in live, but you definetly have to go beyond that when u make art and when u have that amazing history behind u

señorita_luna

To the reviewer: have u ACTUALLY heard "goodnight travel well"?
the lyrics are about his dying mother, if u find anything pretentious about that, there is something wrong with you. Furthermore, that song is proof that there is such is more to their songs than just Brandon's voice.
Get a grip.

Maria Jose

Great album, people need to lighten up.

Suleiman.

Brandon Flowers sings as a soul who has fallen from grace and is trying to crawl back. If you realize he's LDS and have read the Book of Mormon, some of his lyrics will make more sense to you. We all want to be in God's good graces, even though we stumble. Sam's Town is my favorite, but Day and Age is a close second. Dustland Fairytale is spiritual. The Devil's wrapping up his hands and is getting ready for the show down!

Awilson

"The Killers seem to go out of their way to obfuscate. Each of the songs on Day & Age could maybe, plausibly, theoretically, be about something, but they never let us know what that might be."

Yes, exactly. So instead of knocking an artist/album for what it does just because it's not your style; why don't you appreciate it for what it is: unique, mysterious music that defies categorization. Reading some of the reviews, it's like a pop fan reviewing a country album; or a country fan reviewing a rap album. Day & Age is wonderful, every track on it is good. Maybe it's not your kind of music, and that's fine. But don't call it bad, just because you don't understand it; especially after you self-admit you don't. 10/10

MusicBFF

This is the world that we live in
And no, we can't go back
This is the world that we live in
I still want something real
This is the world that we live in
I know that
We can yield over time
if that doesnt mean anything to you, you have no reason to listen to music my friends

Kyle

Just a quickie, "Human" is based on a quote from some chap in England who stated that America is raising a generation of dancers, i.e. a generation who only goes through the motions (see: "sheep"). Hence, "Are we human/Or are we dancer?"
So publicly shout me down now.

And on a side note, yes this album isn't characteristic of The Killers, but it doesn't suck huge balls since there are at least 2 salvageable songs on it.

xND

"but they never let us know what that is"
That's the point!! You are supposed to make your own decisions. It's not about what the artist thinks it's about, it's what it means to you. And I think the killers capture the essence if that.
Plus, this album does have an overarching theme: it's about a man trying to cope with the loss (breakup, death, that part is not specified) of a woman that he loves. He tries gambling (neon tiger) and a whole bunch of other stuff, but he finally accepts that the world let's you down and you just have to live with it (the world we live in). If you're not going to do your homework, don't bother reviewing this eclectic delicacy of music.

Jj

"dancer" has a deeper meaning. thats great... unfortunately, its still a sh*t lyric. just because something references something obscure does not make it good. and as much as i tried (and believe me i tried), i still can't see any positives about this album. It took me to the bonus track to find a song i liked. I will always love the Killers for Sam's Town and many tracks off Hot Fuss and Sawdust, but i just don't get Day and Age...

paul

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