“Wonderful Wonderful” by The Killers is Mediocre Mediocre
by Alex Barnes
The Killers have always failed to be a household name -- despite the fact that their songs “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” have been continually stuck in the heads of every American since the early 2000’s, when the band was first formed. Unfortunately, it does not look like this new album will boost their popularity in any way.
“Mr. Brightside” is iconic. It appears in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 songs of the 2000’s list, it was ranked 10th on Billboard in 2005, and it has been in the top 100 hit list in the UK every year since its release in 2004.
Put out as a debut single before their first album “Hot Fuss,” “Mr. Brightside” is the first song the band ever wrote, as well as the most popular. Unfortunately for The Killers, their new album does not seem to have the firepower needed to top the charts for an extended period of time. The poorly named, “Wonderful Wonderful” is actually quite depressing. While it is not bad, its quality is certainly not anywhere near that of their first album. To describe it in a word, that word would be, “listenable.” There is nothing wrong with that, in itself, but when one goes from top 10 on the billboard chart to listenable, everyone is disappointed.
The namesake song on the album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” is honestly not worth listening to. It sounds like the band thought about going in a new direction, then realized it was a bad direction, but were too far gone to turn around, so they kept going with it. While the album as a whole was not the wild success that preceded it, there were a few highlights. “The Man” is interesting and very likeable, despite being unrecognizable as far as the group’s signature style, as they replaced their usual upbeat vocals and catchy choruses with something more mysterious. “Life To Come” shows glimpses of the familiar sounds and vigor that listeners associate with The Killers. “Have All The Songs Been Written?,” the last song on the album, deserves some spotlight. It feels honest and vulnerable, likely because the band is truly feeling the weight of the shadow they cast for themselves in 2004. To pick a favorite, “Tyson vs Douglas” seems to have sucked up all the energy that the other songs lacked, and makes up for much of the rest of the album.