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Direct Hits

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Almost ten years after "Mr. Brightside" helped turn the Killers into new millennial rock sensations, the time has come for a hits collection. Calling the compilation Direct Hits -- a punning title that feels timeless but has rarely been used before, a nifty encapsulation of the group's style and attributes -- the Killers cannily use the singles-centric conceit to showcase the band at their overblown best, emphasizing their arena-sized neo-new wave just slightly over their Springsteenisms. Both are on display on the two new songs -- "Shot at the Night" and "Just Another Girl," songs that sound as if U2, Springsteen, and the Cars created a supergroup in 1988 -- but the main benefit of Direct Hits, especially for those listeners who have always doubted the skills of the Killers, is how the operatic ambitions of Sam's Town feel not so extravagant when bookended by selections from Day & Age and Battle Born. All three of the albums -- which are represented by three cuts a piece -- sound strong here but what really has lasted are those singles from 2004's Hot Fuss, especially the initial breakthroughs "Mr. Brightside" and "All These Things That I've Done," which now seem to capture a particular moment in time and yet also transcend it.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Mr. Brightside Album Version
00:03:43

MARK NEEDHAM, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Saltzman, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Brierre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dario Dendi, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Dave Stedronsky, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Somebody Told Me Album Version
00:03:17

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - MARK NEEDHAM, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Saltzman, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Brierre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dario Dendi, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Dave Stedronsky, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Smile Like You Mean It Album Version
00:03:56

MARK NEEDHAM, Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Saltzman, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Brierre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dario Dendi, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Dave Stedronsky, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
All These Things That I've Done Album Version
00:05:01

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - MARK NEEDHAM, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Saltzman, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Brierre, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dario Dendi, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Dave Stedronsky, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2004 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
When You Were Young Album Version
00:03:38

Mark Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neeraj Khajanchi, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Dingel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Savours, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2006 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Read My Mind Album Version
00:04:06

Mark Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neeraj Khajanchi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Dingel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Savours, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2006 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
For Reasons Unknown Album Version
00:03:32

Mark Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neeraj Khajanchi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Max Dingel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Savours, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2006 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Human Main Version
00:04:05

Dave Emery, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Price, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Dromgoole, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2008 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Spaceman Album Version
00:04:44

Dave Emery, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Price, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Dromgoole, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Sablay, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2008 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
A Dustland Fairytale Album Version
00:03:44

Dave Emery, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Price, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Dromgoole, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2008 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Runaways
00:04:03

Brendan O'Brien, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Catherine Marks, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Additional Producer - Damian Taylor, Producer - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Catlin, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Felix Rashman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2012 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Miss Atomic Bomb Album Version
00:04:54

Stuart Price, Producer, Mixer, Additional Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
The Way It Was Album Version
00:03:50

Brendan O'Brien, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Robert Root, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Lanois, ComposerLyricist

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2012 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Shot At The Night Album Version
00:04:01

Anthony Gonzalez, Producer - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Robert Root, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2013 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Just Another Girl Album Version
00:04:20

Stuart Price, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, ComposerLyricist - Dave Keuning, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Robert Root, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

An Island Records Release; ℗ 2013 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Almost ten years after "Mr. Brightside" helped turn the Killers into new millennial rock sensations, the time has come for a hits collection. Calling the compilation Direct Hits -- a punning title that feels timeless but has rarely been used before, a nifty encapsulation of the group's style and attributes -- the Killers cannily use the singles-centric conceit to showcase the band at their overblown best, emphasizing their arena-sized neo-new wave just slightly over their Springsteenisms. Both are on display on the two new songs -- "Shot at the Night" and "Just Another Girl," songs that sound as if U2, Springsteen, and the Cars created a supergroup in 1988 -- but the main benefit of Direct Hits, especially for those listeners who have always doubted the skills of the Killers, is how the operatic ambitions of Sam's Town feel not so extravagant when bookended by selections from Day & Age and Battle Born. All three of the albums -- which are represented by three cuts a piece -- sound strong here but what really has lasted are those singles from 2004's Hot Fuss, especially the initial breakthroughs "Mr. Brightside" and "All These Things That I've Done," which now seem to capture a particular moment in time and yet also transcend it.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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