The Killers are back with their new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’. When the American rock band who (formed in Nevada 2001 by members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.) set out to record what would become their fifth studio album the band members decided they wanted to act their ages. "I don't want to chase what's on the radio," said Brandon "The best way to put it is that I wanted to inhabit my age, so it's a snapshot – a true representation of where we're at."
Musically, they achieved that on the record, which features a guest appearance by Mark Knopfler on "Have All the Songs Been Written," with deep keyboard textures and their typically big choruses. The title track is a dusky mood piece that recalls later Depeche Mode and maybe a little Talk Talk, while singles like "Run for Cover" and "The Man" hark back to the upbeat, danceable post–New Wave pop-rock that defined their early hits – just with a little more rhythmic oomph. Elsewhere, they explore pastoral sounding synthesisers on "Rut," which sports shades of Springsteen in its shimmery strings, and on "Some Kind of Love," an almost ethereal meditation on love that was based on a motif originally written by Brian Eno, called “An Ending” that had appeared on his Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks LP in 1983.
Guiding them through the recording of the album in their own Battle Born Studios was producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Bloc Party). "He pushed all of us in all sorts of directions," Flowers says. "Sometimes music and the emotion behind it is very hard to explain. He has a gifted way of explaining it. So we worked on it together.""He gets the bigger picture," Vannucci says. "We've worked with other people who might be better in their little corner of expertise or something like that, but as far as a broad strokes, holistic approach, it felt like he sort of understood the band and what we needed to achieve in making this record."