On “Day & Age,” the third studio album from Las Vegas quartet The Killers, the band seems to have found a perfect compromise between the post-‘80s new wave sound of their debut smash, “Hot Fuss,” and the larger than life Americana of their critically panned sophomore effort “Sam’s Town.”
Songs like “Joyride” and “I Can’t Stay” could be the best Duran Duran songs since 1983, while “Spaceman” and “Neon Tiger” rock with the bombastic power of their “Sam’s Town” lead single, “When You Were Young.”
The album is cohesive, and the songs are tight and focused. It is definitely The Killers’ poppiest effort to date, partially thanks to producer Stuart Price who has overseen material by Madonna (“Confessions on the Dance Floor”) and Seal. He definitely brings his own twist to the sound (especially the bass lines) without losing what it is that the band does best.
“Day & Age” is the sound of a band that has risen from their critic-induced sophomore slump and finally really found their groove.
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