The Killers Drop Wonderful Wonderful

Megan Summers analyzes The Killers lastest work.

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Megan Summers, Contributing Writer

On September 22, The Killers dropped their new album “Wonderful Wonderful.” It’s been five years since they have released an album, their last one being “Battle Born.”

“Wonderful Wonderful” has 10 tracks and the main sound of the new material is a lot more mellow then the typical style from The Killers. They still have the patented sound, one where you can easily say “Oh yeah, this is a killers song,” but it seems like the band has taken different directions in their lyrics.

While listening to the whole album I noticed a pattern in the songs. Some songs would be down or blue, meaning that the lyrics were sad. The song “Rut” is a good an example of that. But then it picks up to the more up-tempo songs, meaning they’re uplifting and fairly anthem-like. This seems to be a growing trend in music nowadays as more artists follow this style of either depressing or uplifting.

Kellyn Barns, a Warner Bros. Music Rep for MEO, had a generally positive take on The Killers latest installment while referencing one of their biggest hits.

“I liked it, I thought it was much more mature than their previous albums,” Barns said. “I’m not sure that any of their singles hold the same punch as ‘Mr. Brightside.’ I really dig the indie/soft rock vibe that this album conveys.”

Most people know The Killers from their major hits “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.” What stood out about those songs were their loud vocals and upbeat instrumentals. None of the songs in “Wonderful Wonderful” hold a light to those songs, but they do have their own special appeal.

One of the better songs from the album is “Run for Cover,” a song about how sometimes people have to pick their fights. The highlight of the song is the fast paced vibe as well as the clever lyrics. For example, the song opens up with: “What have you gathered to report to your progenitors? Are your excuses any better than your senator’s?”. The rhythm and rhyme of the first two lyrics really pulls the listener in to this song. It also is assumed to take jabs at Donald Trump with the lyrics: “It’s hard to pack the car when all you do is shame us, It’s even harder when the dirtbag’s famous.” The Killers also use the term “fake news” in the song as well.

All in all, if you are looking for something to listen to with a good soft rock vibe and well thought out lyrics, “Wonderful Wonderful” is the one to listen to next. The Killers clearly spent time perfecting the album considering it took five years to make, and it shows. The band will be on tour in North America in January and February of 2018 before traveling to Europe.