19 years after its creation, The Killers finally allows itself the exercise of the “return to the sources” with Imploding The Mirage.
Imploding The Mirage
An imposed trip – of the original group, only the singer Brandon Flowers and the drummer Ronnie Vannucci remain, the other members being left behind or relegated to the role of occasional contributors –, but a journey which nevertheless proves to be very pleasant… for the music lover, at least.
Not only did singer Brandon Flowers and his killers allow themselves a recording session in the state of Utah (“where I first fell in love with music,” he told the magazine RollingStone), but also bring synthesizers back to the fore, like in the days of Somebody Told Me (2004), one of their first hits. The explosive My Own Soul’s Warningwhich opens the ball, sets the tone elsewhere.
EXPERIENCE AND MEANS
Obviously, the Killers have taken the lead since their debut and you can hear it, not only in the princely production, but also in the collaborations of choice. The Killers is now a project attracting the attention of artists like Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham (who strums his guitar on the track Bail), Jonathan Rado of the group Foxygen (who co-signed several pieces) and even the great lady kd lang (found on the rather pop-rock duo Lightning Fields).
Although Flowers and his pals had showmanship from their earliest days, Imploding The Mirage demonstrates in particular the path traveled, so punctuated by moments deliciously flirting between the expectations of the music lover and the propensity towards the grandiloquence of the quartet. The hovering intro preceding the backfiring Bail – her again! – testifies to this wonderfully. Where, for example, Coldplay would have stretched the thing to boredom, The Killers, he rushes at the right time.
The dilettantes are likely to remain frozen (it sounds very Killers in the end), the fans of the first hour, them, will certainly find their happiness there.
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Obviously, as 2020 is quite a dramatic year, thank you, the cantor of sadness himself – Conor Oberst – takes the opportunity to bring back his cult emo folk rock project Bright Eyes after a nine-year silence. Was the wait worth it? All the same ! Agree, Oberst does not put himself in danger on the side of the texts, but this new batch lends itself well to these austere times. Musically, they amaze by incorporating modern and retro elements (Dance and Sing will appeal to those nostalgic forAll The Young Dudes of Bowie) without singer. Noteworthy!
Four years after a third album flirting with soul, the folk pop artist is going with a slightly more muscular proposal on Move Away. The soul is always present there (Penthouse testifies to this), just like folk (Some & Otherswhich closes the LP, is worth a careful listen), pop (Choose You will appeal to fans of Ed Sheeran, in particular) and rock (the title track, which opens the ball, is a fine example). There where Move Away stands out from the discography, it is in its less sweet approach than before. We would take more, even.
The light of love
The great strength of this new album by the country singer is not her duets with veteran Patrick Norman, nor the straightforward selection of cover verses ranging from classic to classic When the sun says hello to the mountains to the unexpected A summer air by Pierre Bertrand, oh no. What distances The light of love of many local releases of the genre this year, it is its dosage. It’s all about subtlety and delicacy. To listen ! I fell in love despite myself!
Falling for something
Dropped Frames, Vol. 3
Confession moment: I was already a fan of nu metal (shame on me, indeed) and I found for a long time that Linkin Park was a bit cheesy and opportunistic in the lot. Bad faith obliges, so I shunned most of the projects of co-founder Mike Shinoda, despite the success of his rap violin Ingres Fort Minor. Since the beginning of the year, the handyman has been offering a series of electronic releases steeped in hip-hop which, my faith, makes me swallow my words. Fans of DJ Shadow should also enjoy.
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The Killers implode on their new album
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