FOUR TET- PINK
This new Four Tet album consisting of singles from the past year, isn’t going to offer much to people familiar with what this artist has already put out. But Pink is still worth listening to for the handful of songs here that are breathtaking. The first song, “Locked” is fantastic and shows that this album needs to listened to with headphones. There’s plenty of moments where Pink pays off with all the sound textures that Four Tet throws into most of these songs. There’s a few moments where things don’t click together as well, but when these songs do work, it’s remarkable.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10.
THE KILLERS- BATTLE BORN
After a hiatus and some solo albums, The Killers are back with their first album since Day & Age. This new record, Battle Born, puts the group back into the grandiose, over-the-top territory as their debut, Hot Fuss. But something’s off. Battle Born goes too poppy and too big. The Killers have crafted a pop album that has several really good songs, but most of it is too much to take seriously. There’s massive guitar songs, Springsteen tributes, 80′s pop all over this. There’s very little on Battle Born that hasn’t been done before by The Killers.
Rating: 5.0 out of 10.
It’s been a few years since The Killers have put out any new material, with their 2008 album, Day & Age being too lackluster to garner much attention and Brandon Flowers’ solo record doing much of the same, it’s about time the group got back to making music.
Their new album, Battle Born, is due out on September 18th, and the single, “Runaways” sounds like a promising return. The song starts off with some light synths and Flowers put out some lines about teenage love and the chorus kicks in with some big rock guitar and some marching drums.
“Runaways” is very audacious, polished and over the top, but that’s what have made The Killers worthwhile. Flowers puts forth some really typical lyrics about “waiting until tomorrow” and “I’m like a ghost wandering these halls”, but there’s few people who sing quite like this guy so it’s alright.
Rating: 6 out of 10.
GEORGE HARRISON- ALL THINGS MUST PASS
I just finished watching Martin Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, Living In a Material World, and I forgot how fantastic and ernest this song was. All Things Must Pass is one of the two George Harrison albums that I own, and this title title track is perfect. Harrison was piecing “All Things Must Pass” together during the Let It Be sessions and I can’t help but think how great the song would have sounded in the context of a Beatles record. (Looks like this is the only version of the George Harrison’s track that I could find)
THE DECEMBERISTS- WE BOTH GO DOWN TOGETHER
This track might be my favorite Decemberists song. Although the entire thing sounds like R.E.M., it works.
THE KILLERS- A DUSTLAND FAIRYTALE
I read the other day that The Killers will be releasing a new album next year, so I relistened to some of their latest album, Day and Age. “A Dustland Fairytale” is one their best songs, and easily the best one the album. It could have worked well in Sam’s Town. I wish The Killers would rip-off Bruce Springsteen more often.