Thursday, December 18, 2008

Slowly Committing Musical Suicide?

When Hot Fuss came out, it was a smashing success. The Killers has a lot going for them with Mr. Brightside, Smile Like You Mean It, and Somebody Told Me. It seemed like they would be an amazing band for years to come.

Their music got more "poppy." They started to sell out in the originality department for songs that sound remotely familiar. Why? Maybe because The Killers sound just like the band Interpol. Which came first? Interpol, and their music to this day still has the integrity that it had when their band first formed.

I understand that a band's style can change, be updated, sound "newer." But when Human came out, it took listening to the song twice before realizing it was actually The Killers. The fact that it was the band's first single made me suspicious. I downloaded it, listened to it, analyzed it, and wondered what was going on. Why the big change? Even the lyrics had a triteness to them I hadn't expected. Instead of being original and honest, with at least some sort of depth to them, they gave us these lyrics:

Are we human or are we dancer?
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I'm on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human or are we dancer?
While the lyrics are "cute," and fun to listen to, after listening to the song over a period of a week, I was done with it.

Just to give them a chance, when Amazon had their MP3 album up for download for $3.99 (because if you catch Amazon on a good week, they have new albums for download for $3.99 :) ), I downloaded it. I listened to the entire thing all the way through and nothing caught my attention.

Granted, their album Sam's Town had a few good songs on it. Sawdust I didn't even bother with. However, I don't think they'll ever top Hot Fuss again. Feel free to disagree, but I have the fear that The Killers are going to be the one album wonder I had always hoped they wouldn't be.

1 comment:

MooKoo Joe said...

AGREE'd! Sawdust isn't that bad though, at least I liked it more than everyone else in the entire world it seems. You should maybe give it a shot.

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