Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about Day and Age, the Killers’ 3rd album, which is probably the one I’ve had the most mixed feelings on from them so far. Onto the post!
Losing Touch– OH MY GOD, why do they not still play this at every show? I like it so so much. If you’ve read almost any of these posts before, you’ll know long instrumental intros to songs wind me up 9 times out of 10, and this is an exception, because a) guitars mixed with the synths b) horns that remind me of Feel the Need by the Detroit Emeralds and c) THOSE DRUMS. The high notes are joy-bringing to, and I’m particularly into the melody of the pre-chrous. And the drums are standout throughout; just a brilliant opener all round really.
Human– this is probably the most famous song from this album, and I’m a big fan. I’ve literally no idea what it’s about, which is likely the case for most people (sidenote that I find Brandon’ s utter confusion over people not understanding them hilarious!) But I love the way it sounds and the lyrics, even if they are very odd.
Spaceman– I LOVE this song. I love the refrain, I love the story of it, I love the synths, I love the melody. I love all of it. And then the metaphorical meanings that some people think it has are so fascinating and clever, if true. Brandon’s vocals are just DIVINE as well.
Joy Ride– I’m not really into this one, if I’m honest. I think it’s all very disjointed, and as such it’s really hard to remember the lyrics and melody.
A Dustland Fairytale– this can really be summed up for me in two words (beautiful, sad if you’re wondering) so I apologise if this entire section overuses those and synonyms of them; it’s based on the love story of Brandon’ s parents and I just think it’s really pretty, even if it’s also rather bleak. The lyrics are so stunning and they’re almost poetic in the way they’re worded, and while I’m not into poetry most of the time I do love these lyrics.
This is Your Life- for a song with a really promising intro, this went rapidly downhill for me when Brandon starts singing and the annoying thing is that I can’t even really work out why. The guitars and chanting are SO good at the start but then it all just gets way too busy and my head starts hurting.
I Can’t Stay– I don’t hate this one, but I find it a bit bland, and there’s something grating about the instrumental. I do quite like Brandon’s vocal though.
Neon Tiger– this is also just… bland. There are some great bits of instrumental (Especially the guitar, because I am nothing if not predictable) but otherwise this is a no from me.
The World We Live In– yay synths! Yay this song! I was starting to give up hope that anything else on this album was going to be actually good, so this is a great relief. It does some very interesting and weird things with structure, so I don’t know what my fave bit is actually called, but the bless your body, bless your soul bit is SO GOOD.
Goodnight, Travel Well– well, that’s an irritating intro and a half. And why is the singing so quiet? I do not find straining to hear fun. There’s not really any instrumental to speak of, either, for a ridiculous amount of it. Yeah, I can definitely see why this isn’t one they sing much now. It’s not exactly got the anthemic vibe I expect from them. It does pick up a bit towards the end, though, to be fair.
A Crippling Blow– YES YES YES. The guitars are just everything in this oh my god YES. Amazing vocals too (his high notes give me life!). I don’t really have a clue what it’s about, and I do not care. So much of this album has been disappointing for me and I’m just chuffed to be able to end this on a high note.
What are your thoughts on this album? Do you have a favourite song from it? I’d love to hear in the comments!