Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the band The Killers, recently had a move from Las Vegas to Utah. Throughout the move, his wife had a hard time dealing with her mental illnesses. Flowers and the band took these events and made them into their 6th full-length album, Imploding the Mirage.”

Flowers wanted to capture the album's cover art in a specific way. He did this by having Thomas Blackshear create an illustration named “Dance of the Wind”. In a statement by Flowers to Apple Music he said, “We wanted to make sure that the songs fit underneath the banner of what that image was saying.”

Frankly, I didn’t know that The Killers came out with a new album. After hearing about it, I knew I had to listen to it. 

After going through the album one time, I was absolutely in love. 

The sounds and beats played by the band were amusing. The chords strung together and created a sound of new life. This album is definitely one to put on your ‘jam out’ playlist. 

Flowers explains to Apple Music why he chose the cords he did, “I’m very interested in the optimistic side of things. I was brought up to have that kind of perspective, and I think you hear it in the songs: It feels triumphant, like there are angels present.”

I do believe in what Flowers told Apple. The songs on the album are ones you would hear when angels are coming down. The music gives the listener a sense of hope. A sense of rejuvenation. 

The top songs from this album are, “My Own Soul’s Warning,” “Blowback” and “Caution.”

Before I get into detail about those top songs, let me throw a personal favorite out there. 

“Dying Breed” is one of those songs you would listen to if you needed hope. The beats played in the beginning give you the urge to get up and push forward. The lyrics Flowers uses in the song, screams hope. The song explains that there is a woman who is going to come back and show the world she’s found hope. Definitely got me hoping again. 

Top song “My Own Soul’s Warning” is a very nice and easy song. The beat in the beginning of the song gets you in a mindset of peace. Then, after the first set of lyrics, the beat starts to pick up into a fun steady beat. 

“Blowback” is the second top song on the album. The beats and lyrics seem to send you back to the 90’s. The song describes a girl breaking out to the world. She’s going to breathe in the “blowback,” but then she’s going to be the one to put that “blowback” at everyone else. I would recommend this song to anyone who enjoys a little bit of the 90’s/classical rock. 

The final top song is “Caution.” This song protrudes a soul soothing beat. Flower’s voice is a work of art in the beginning of this song. After a few lyrics, the beat once again picks back up. This song explains that Flowers is going to “throw caution, what’s it gonna be?” This song is great to listen to when you can’t decide if you should go throw caution to the wind, or to not. 

In my opinion, go throw caution to the wind. 

After reviewing the album, I would recommend putting it on your need to listen to list. 

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.

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