Many had high hopes for The Killer’s fifth studio album, the recently released Wonderful Wonderful. Coming off their 2013 compilation release in Direct Hits, the Las Vegas band released a pair of singles in “The Man” and “Run for Cover.” The strong coupling drew hype around the album, but I was saddened by a drastic difference between the singles and the rest of the album.
A majority of the songs on Wonderful Wonderful are slow. If that is the kind of Killer’s music you prefer, then this is the album for you. However, if you fell in love with them from “Mr. Brightside” or “When You Were Young,” one will be a disappointed by this album.
The opening title track is one of the few standouts. “Wonderful Wonderful” has a driving bass line for all of the bass enthusiasts out there. “Tyson vs Douglas” deviates from the slow-tempo songs, as it provides a noticeable change of pace. In addition, their golden music seems more soulful, as well as emotional on this release. This project is more of a playlist of tunes to study to than a party-hopper that everyone will be singing to.
It’s been 15 years since their debut album, but this is certainly a step towards maintaining their music legacy. While this album appears to not be many listeners’ favorites, we should still recognize the classiness they bring to the table and any hope for any future albums. Wonderful Wonderful is a definitive listen that may capture one’s heart in certain aspects. Overall, some of the songs on here may end up being some of my favorite Killers songs, while others are left to be skipped.