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What 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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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?
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.