The Killers ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Lives Up To Its Title
Perhaps the most electronic-inspired from The Killers to date, Wonderful Wonderful lives up to its title. The refreshing 10-track LP, which closes in on 45-minutes, is the first full-length studio album from The Killers since Battle Born was released in 2012. Wonderful Wonderful is out now though Island Records.
The 80s-inspired-electronic with a modern-day dance twist, Wonderful Wonderful, begins with the title track, a choir-inspired anthemic return from The Killers. “Rut” is a dance-meets-80s-inspired highlight that showcases classic Brandon Flowers vocals and elements of sounds across various eras of The Killers.
“The Man” was the lead single from Wonderful Wonderful, which was released in June, followed by “Run For Cover,” the album’s 5th track, which was released in late July. Track 6, “Tyson vs Douglas” is a uptempo, while Flowers’ voice soothes on track 7, “Some Kind Of Love,” a sensual ballad with love song lyrics. “Out Of My Mind” brings the return of The Killers’ signature sound—and the 80s—with electronic elements and influences present throughout. “The Calling” is the band’s own kind of spiritual, wrapping up the album with a 4-minute journey before its official closing, “Have All The Songs Been Written?”
As Wonderful Wonderful comes to a close, track 10 reveals one thing is for certain—all the songs definitely have not been written. Often times when an album contains too many tracks, removing a few would be the best bet. In the case of Wonderful Wonderful, 10 tracks was just the right number, but also not enough. Wonderful Wonderful is a reminder of why it’s mind-numbingly difficult to wait five years for new music from The Killers.
The Wonderful Wonderful (Deluxe Edition) includes the bonus track “Money On Straight,” as well as remixes of “The Man” from highly-praised electronic producers Jacques Lu Cont and Duke Dumont.
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Leading up to the official Wonderful Wonderful release, The Killers performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! But it wasn’t an ordinary late nite TV performance. The guys closed out the ABC series with a song, but the outdoor concert from the Las Vegas Strip continued with an online live stream. Taking place directly in front of the Caesars Palace fountains, the bands hometown concert included some of their latest and old-time greatest, including “Mr. Brightside.”
The Las Vegas-based band is responsible for songs like “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me,” “Read My Mind,” “When You Were Young,” “Human,” “All These Things That I’ve Done,” “Spaceman,” and many more. Wonderful Wonderful follows previous LPs from The Killers including Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age, and Battle Born.
On September 22, The Killers are slated to perform at Terminal 5 in NYC for the official Wonderful Wonderful album release party. On Sept. 23, the guys will take the stage in Central Park for Global Citizen Festival alongside Stevie Wonder, The Chainsmokers, and Green Day.