More Nonsensical Digital-Heartland Anthems From The Killers

Still prancing in the dark

Most of the goofier Day & Age tracks the Killers dust off tonight are met with cheerful indifference—I assume all the horns are synthesized until I realize the couple in front of me who've been jubilantly screaming lyrics at each other the whole time are just blocking my view of the sax player—but if nothing else, "Human" will join the pantheon, once again justifying this band's oft-outrageous ambition. The record ends with the seven-minute mini-epic "Goodnight, Travel Well," a slow-burning ballad that slowly builds to chest-beating, Broadway-climax histrionics. We're back to Great American Rock Band sermonizing here—"All that stands between the soul's release is temporary flesh and bone," etc. You're not alone if that doesn't particularly mean anything to you, but what it means is less important than the mere fact that the Killers are trying to make it mean something. We appreciate the effort, that most fundamental of American traits, and that holds true whether you're from New York City, Detroit, Kansas City, Death Valley, Sam's Town, or, yes, Vegas.

This right here is American.
This right here is American.

rharvilla@villagevoice.com

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