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Wonderful Wonderful: A post rock and roll musical experiment

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On Friday Sept. 22, The Killers released their first album in five years, titled Wonderful Wonderful.

The Killers released singles “The Man”, “Run For Cover”, and the titular track “Wonderful Wonderful” prior to dropping the full 10-track album.

Wonderful Wonderful is an interesting album, to say the least. Not horrible or mind-blowingly spectacular, it is what is to be expected from a band with such an extensive discography as The Killers.

The sound of Wonderful Wonderful is overwhelmingly calm, with a few upbeat tracks. The Killers take a reverential path lyrically, with most songs having a Christian subtext (coming from lead singer Brandon Flowers’ Mormon upbringing).

Straying away from their alternative rock sound, but still staying true to the elements that built their fame, Wonderful Wonderful is their most mellow album to date. Synthesizers produce an 80s-esque effect, while maintaining the unique vocals of Flowers.

This album mainly sounds like Sam’s Town (The Killers’ second album) and the Stranger Things theme song had a baby. “Wonderful Wonderful” and “Some Kind Of Love” are reminiscent of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”. “The Calling” plays with the electric guitar skills of Mark Stoermer, creating a darker, heftier song.

Lyrically, Wonderful Wonderful is a reflection on the life of lead singer Brandon Flowers. “The Man” deals with Flowers’ cocky past-self, and the problematic viewpoint he had about himself and his fame early in his career.

Overall, this is a fine album. There are definitely no “Mr. Brightside” worthy songs on Wonderful Wonderful, but it’s clear that The Killers have grown comfortable enough to play with their sound, which is a milestone for a band. It shows that Wonderful Wonderful comes from the heart. It’s not a money grab.

Wonderful Wonderful is available to stream on Spotify.

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