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Imploding The Mirage

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Arriving on the heels of an uneven decade -- when a pair of high-charting releases failed to match the sales of their early albums and their founding lineup was effectively reduced to a duo -- Nevada's most successful musical export roared back with their triumphant sixth set, Imploding the Mirage. Balancing their core synths-and-Springsteen sound with stadium-sized pop bombast, the Killers strike gold, dispensing with the clumsy missteps heard on the bloated Battle Born and weary Wonderful Wonderful and delivering their most focused offering since their 2000s heyday. Finding a sweet spot between the Wild West grandeur of Sam's Town and frontman Brandon Flowers' excellent '80s-indebted solo efforts, Mirage isn't so much a revelation as a masterful distillation of what they've been doing with varying degrees of success since 2004. The typical Killers trademarks are all here -- big anthems and even bigger emotions -- buffered by Flowers' evocative storytelling that honors dust-swept landscapes and everyday folks just trying to make it. With founding guitarist Dave Keuning absent and bassist Mark Stoermer in a reduced role, Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. recruited an impressive cast of guests who elevate the album without distracting from the essential Killers spirit. Alongside executive producers Shawn Everett and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), Day & Age's disco prince Stuart Price injects the funk on the Talking Heads-esque groover "Fire in Bone" and frequent Flowers' collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid channels Fleetwood Mac on the expansive "Running Towards a Place." Speaking of the Mac, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joins the fray for a soaring solo to close out the galloping anthem "Caution," one of the Killers' best singles to date. Elsewhere, k.d. lang duets with Flowers on the lovelorn "Lightning Fields," which sounds like Peter Gabriel covering Kate Bush, while Weyes Blood's Natalie Mering provides delicate backing vocals across the album. Brooklyn band Lucius, the War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel, and songwriter Blake Mills also add their subtle touches to further flesh out their respective tracks. Following years of ups and downs -- both as a unit and, for Flowers, as a supportive husband -- Imploding the Mirage feels like more than just one of their best albums -- it feels like a triumphant and invigorated rut-reversal that shines with a hard-won confidence.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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1
My Own Soul’s Warning
00:04:34

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Rechtshaid, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Moose, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Flowers, Glockenspiel, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Manning Jr., Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Cello, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brian D'Addario, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lee Parker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Blowback
00:03:59

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Natalie Mering, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Granduciel, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Dying Breed
00:04:05

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Crossey, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Rechtshaid, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jaki Liebezeit, ComposerLyricist - Irmin Schmidt, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Rother, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Karoli, ComposerLyricist - Kenji Suzuki, ComposerLyricist - Holger Schuering, ComposerLyricist - Alex Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Klause J. Dinger, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Caution
00:04:29

Lindsey Buckingham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Blake Mills, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Lucius, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Lightning Fields
00:04:18

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - k.d. lang, FeaturedArtist - Brandon Flowers, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Bagpipes, Guitar, Horn, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Natalie Mering, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Erickson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Fire In Bone
00:03:53

Stuart Price, Producer, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Running Towards A Place
00:04:13

Benji Lysaght, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy King, Flute, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
My God
00:03:38

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucius, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Weyes Blood, FeaturedArtist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Fretless Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Natalie Mering, ComposerLyricist - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drew Erickson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
When The Dreams Run Dry
00:04:42

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark Stoermer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Cameron, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Imploding The Mirage
00:04:07

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Flowers, Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ronnie Vannucci, Drums, Timpani, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - The Killers, MainArtist - Shawn Everett, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Root, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rado, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, Bass, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Natalie Mering, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan Wayman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Arriving on the heels of an uneven decade -- when a pair of high-charting releases failed to match the sales of their early albums and their founding lineup was effectively reduced to a duo -- Nevada's most successful musical export roared back with their triumphant sixth set, Imploding the Mirage. Balancing their core synths-and-Springsteen sound with stadium-sized pop bombast, the Killers strike gold, dispensing with the clumsy missteps heard on the bloated Battle Born and weary Wonderful Wonderful and delivering their most focused offering since their 2000s heyday. Finding a sweet spot between the Wild West grandeur of Sam's Town and frontman Brandon Flowers' excellent '80s-indebted solo efforts, Mirage isn't so much a revelation as a masterful distillation of what they've been doing with varying degrees of success since 2004. The typical Killers trademarks are all here -- big anthems and even bigger emotions -- buffered by Flowers' evocative storytelling that honors dust-swept landscapes and everyday folks just trying to make it. With founding guitarist Dave Keuning absent and bassist Mark Stoermer in a reduced role, Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. recruited an impressive cast of guests who elevate the album without distracting from the essential Killers spirit. Alongside executive producers Shawn Everett and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), Day & Age's disco prince Stuart Price injects the funk on the Talking Heads-esque groover "Fire in Bone" and frequent Flowers' collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid channels Fleetwood Mac on the expansive "Running Towards a Place." Speaking of the Mac, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joins the fray for a soaring solo to close out the galloping anthem "Caution," one of the Killers' best singles to date. Elsewhere, k.d. lang duets with Flowers on the lovelorn "Lightning Fields," which sounds like Peter Gabriel covering Kate Bush, while Weyes Blood's Natalie Mering provides delicate backing vocals across the album. Brooklyn band Lucius, the War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel, and songwriter Blake Mills also add their subtle touches to further flesh out their respective tracks. Following years of ups and downs -- both as a unit and, for Flowers, as a supportive husband -- Imploding the Mirage feels like more than just one of their best albums -- it feels like a triumphant and invigorated rut-reversal that shines with a hard-won confidence.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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