Monday, January 10, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 246: When You Were Young

When You Were Young - The Killers (2006)

A funny thing happened inbetwixt Hot Fuss and Sam's Town: The Killers discovered classic rock. With a sound as epic as The Unforgettable Fire and Darkness On The Edge Of Town combined, Las Vegas' finest set out to make the great American rock record about their home town. It works on levels that the critics at the time simply missed. It is the exercise of youth acknowledging what had gone before and adding to that lexicon a heartfelt struggle of guitars and new wave keyboards. Sounding like Morrissey fronting E Street, Brendan Flowers has never delivered a better performance than he does on "When You Were Young". In a true nod to the former words I wrote, they have already been saluted by indie rockers Best Coast on their single "Boyfriend". You can sing along with Killers lyrics to that one.
Trust me, my fiancee and I have done it!

This is better than it has any right to be. I'm gonna have to check this band out!

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