- 02 Oct 17
Personal upheaval gives bittersweet tinge to The Killers’ most vulnerable album to date
Does Brandon Flowers still have the Killer instinct? The Las Vegas glam-popsters’ fifth album arrives in fraught circumstances, with guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer opting out of an upcoming arena tour and frontman Flowers opening up in interviews to a confidence-shaking bout of writer’s bloc.
Such uncertainties have seeped into the marrow of Wonderful Wonderful (the title of course ironic). In addition to wrestling with stuttering creativity, the mercurial Flowers was required to cut short the 2015 tour promoting his second solo album, The Desired Effect, when his wife was diagnosed with depression and PTSD.
These domestic travails loom darkly – with Flowers struggling to reconcile his pop deity image with his responsibilities as husband and father. The theme is ruminated upon in bittersweet fashion on single ‘The Man’, a gaudy stomper with a fetid heart and lyrics that sarcastically trumpet the machismo Flowers was brought up to believe in (“I got gas in the tank, I got money in the bank / I got news for you, baby, you’re lookin’ at the man.”)