Day & Age

Common Sense Media says

Alt-pop rockers offer up safe -- but -- peculiar tunes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

God and the devil are discussed in several songs, as is the choice between good and evil. "This is Your Life" includes the line, "The cops, they'll steal your dreams and they'll kill your prayers." Many songs are about finding humanity. "I heard a rumor that you quit this day and age, well maybe I was mistaken, bless your body, bless your soul, pray for peace and self control."

Violence

A few songs include intense images such as "dried blood" or "being cut open."

Sex

"Joy Ride" references taking a girl to a hotel, "Wrap your arms around me, come a little closer, stumble in the twilight, and fell onto the floor, loving Mona Lisa."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this alt-pop group has become one of the hottest bands going, and despite their intimidating name, there's really nothing violent or offensive in the music. The band does tackle some esoteric territory, which might leave listeners scratching their heads, but the unique themes are positive, without being clichh.

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Kids say

What's the story?

With their third studio album in four years, THE KILLERS are a band on a roll. Their previous albums have sold over 12 million copies, and the Las Vegas-based quartet is enjoying significant buzz about this release. The collection of 11 songs (plus 2 bonus tracks on the Deluxe version) are based in punk revival, but also draw upon other musicals genres, everything from Big Band to disco and jazz.

Is it any good?

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You have to give credit to a band who will detail an alien abduction in one song and then tackle the forces of good and evil in another (by intertwining the devil with Cinderella, no less). The Killers are a band that doesn't shy away from metaphors, analogies or allegories. The lyrics might be at times confusing or downright weird ("My global position systems are vocally addressed, they say the Nile used to run from east to west"), but the band's up-tempo pop rock sound, along with lead vocalist Brandon Flowers' melodic narration make the songs irreverent and enjoyable.

On this album, the band tackles some deep terrain, attempting to save humanity from itself and show the world what it means to be human. The images are haunting at times, but the messages are usually uplifting and by the end of the album, listeners should feel like they have been taken on a round-trip journey through some pretty unearthly places.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a band like The Killers has made a name for themselves. Do you think it helps that their lead singer does lots of interviews and has had rivalries with other bands? How does this affect the band's image?

Music details

Artist:The Killers
Release date:November 24, 2008
Label:Island
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHayleyHayl October 22, 2010
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all ages

This album is magnificent! I am always pleased with how the Killers next albums turn out... always reaching higher than my already high expectations of them :) Brandon has said in interviews (more recent, Day and Age era) that he calls some of the bands who he had rivalries with and apologizes, he is sincerely sorry. Brandon is actually a very nice, good guy, from the interviews and articles and his music you can tell he is a good man, devoted to music and puts all his heart into it, he doesn't always write about love which i find a good quality. he sings on lessons and real situations that you deal with in life. I love the meanings to their music, human has a wonderful meaning of being yourself and not a sheep, following others tastes and lifestyles. I think Brandon has set a good self-image for the band along with Dave, Ronnie, and Mark. but other than that i agree with all the positive outlooks this site has on Day & Age. I rate this for all ages because i know that a younger person probably wont get joyride's innuendo. i have been listening to David Bowie and Elvis Costello since i was an infant and know that i never even payed attention to some lyrics that i didn't get until i was like 10, so i think all ages should be able to appreciate The Killers' wonderful music!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 January 24, 2010
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It's alright...

They're okay... the writing on this album isnt very good though... Good music.
Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2008
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Great album

Yes, I'm very obsessed with the killers, and this is their greatest album by far... My favorites are: Spaceman, Joy Ride, A Dustland Fairytale, Neon Tiger, Tidal Wave (bonus track), Forget About What I Said (bonus track.

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