By Kaelie Macaulay
Arts Section Editor
Appropriately named “Wonderful Wonderful,” the Killer’s redefine their sound with their latest album, ditching their previous grungy, American rock style to evolve into pop-rock in attempts to keep up with the ever-changing modern music style.
The majority of “Wonderful Wonderful” songs are delightfully introspective with meaningful lyrics and melodic beats. However, the overuse of awkward sound effects and autotune inundates a genuine meaning behind the album.
Island Records produced The Killers’ latest album with the help of Erol Alkan, Jacknife Lee and Stuart Price. Released on September 22, 2017, “Wonderful Wonderful” is the fifth full studio album produced by The Killers since their formation in 2001.
The band is currently composed of Brandon Flowers, lead singer, Mark Stoermer, on guitar and Dave Keuning as the pianist. The Killers have released four chart-topping, full studio albums: “Hot Fuss,” “Sam’s Town,” “Day & Age,” and “Battle Born.”
The album begins with a song named after the album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” which is the epitome of The Killers’ attempt to recompose their style to be contemporary. Although the chorus is strong with a harmonious melody, the verses of the song overuse sound effects, ultimately causing the album to open with a subpar song.
The album’s success was propelled by the featured song “The Man,” which was released as a single previous to the publication of “Wonderful Wonderful.” Encompassed by a steady harmony created by the mixture of guitar and vocals, the single has proved to be successful by reaching No. 2 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart.
With 12 previous albums and a renowned reputation amongst the alternative rock genre, The Killers produce a conceptual album highlighted by its melodious refrains and well-composed soundtrack. However, the excessive use of technological sound effects drowns out the sincerity behind the songs.
“Out of My Mind” portrays an 80’s vibe through the clever use of a steady beat and the inclusion of the synth behind the main track. Consisting of a catchy chorus and intriguing lyrics, “Out of My Mind” successfully portrays the epitome of being in love.
Although the album showcases introspective lyrics, the overuse of autotune and peculiar sound effects in the opening songs distract from the genuine thought and message behind the album. Despite boldly reinventing themselves, ultimately fans are left with a nostalgic desire for The Killers’ previous style.
“Wonderful Wonderful” is available for purchase on iTunes for $11.99 and is available on streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube.