The Killers are back with their sixth studio album Imploding The Mirage and there’s no doubt we are potentially looking at one of the album’s of the year. Brilliant from start to end. The heart and soul of the Killers is Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci and Mark Stoermer. There are some lingering question marks over guitarist Dave Keuning who is listed as a member in the liner notes but is absent from this album being replaced by star guests and collaborators including the likes of Lindsay Buckingham, k.d. Lang, Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel from the War on Drugs, Blake Mills and Lucius.
Even with an awesome list of guest stars Flowers is very much front and centre of all this splendour. Their previous album Wonderful, Wonderful had some great moments but Imploding The Mirage shifts up a couple of gears in to epic territory. There’s plenty of razzle dazzle, pop hooks and heart string tugging anthems that makes this quite remarkable. Opener My Own Soul’s Warning sets the tone for a splendid forty two minutes and in a time where people are looking for hope and something inspirational Imploding The Mirage rises to the occasion.
The dramatic feel of Lightning Fields enhanced k.d. Lang’s vocals is stellar and the new wave vibe of Caution features Lindsay Buckingham on guitar is fantastic. It’s jaw dropping tracks such as Fire In Bone, Running Towards A Place and My God (featuring Weyes Blood) that left me going wow, this is awesome. When The Dreams Run Dry is a big moment on the album and arguably one of the best songs Flowers has ever written. Even at the end of this album I’m still in amazement about what I’ve just heard it is that good, better give it another spin.
Album Review By Rob Lyon