The Killers – Imploding The Mirage (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:59 minutes | 942 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Island Records
There’s a battle raging inside Brandon Flowers. For years, the Killers frontman has played dual lead roles: the boisterous, cocksure heartthrob at the helm of one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, and the yearning, spiritual nomad with an eye toward eternity. “There’s sort of been a tug of war in my soul for my whole life with that,” Flowers says over the phone from his home in Park City, Utah. “I think being raised a Mormon in Las Vegas had a lot to do with that.”
Flowers further explores that dichotomy on the Killers’ new album, Imploding the Mirage (out Aug. 21), which doles out bombast, introspection and ironclad hooks in equal measure. “Caution” and “My Own Soul’s Warning” split the difference between glam-pop sheen and arena rock grandeur, while the band slips into languid country-rock on “Blowback,” soft rock mysticism on “Running Towards a Place” and new wave swagger on “Fire in Bone.” The lyrical themes are simple but universal: love, faith, the desire to escape from the shackles of your hometown. And the songs sound larger than life, begging to be shouted from the tallest mountains—or, more realistically, blasted from festival stages across the world as fireworks explode in the distance.
If 2020 had gone according to plan, the latter would be happening right now. The Killers announced a massive 2020 world tour—festivals and stadiums across Europe, arenas across North America—in mid-March, right before coronavirus put all live music on hold. The ongoing pandemic forced them to reschedule their European dates for 2021 (North American dates are still pending) and push the release of Imploding the Mirage from May to August due to mixing delays.
1. The Killers – My Own Soul’s Warning
2. The Killers – Blowback
3. The Killers – Dying Breed
4. The Killers – Caution
5. The Killers – Lightning Fields
6. The Killers – Fire In Bone
7. The Killers – Running Towards A Place
8. The Killers – My God
9. The Killers – When The Dreams Run Dry
10. The Killers – Imploding The Mirage