The Killers Rut ‘n’ Roll

Brandon Flowers is Wonderful

BY: Zak Wojnar

The Killers have been around for quite a while; it might be hard for some to believe, but the Las Vegas-based rock outfit’s debut record, Hot Fuss, came out all the way back in 2004. A lot has changed since then, in the music industry and in the band’s distinct and evolving sound. Their latest record, Wonderful Wonderful, lives up to the band’s sterling reputation, and the most recent single, “Rut,” is a bold and intimate track which showcases The Killers’ impressive emotional range.

Following the tongue-in-cheek empty bravado of “The Man” and the epic New Wave/Springsteen groove of “Run For Cover,” this latest single is a more eloquently-produced ballad about the depression and post traumatic stress suffered by frontman Brandon Flowers‘s wife, Tana.

The central theme of Wonderful Wonderful revolves around how being a man is about much more than just being masculine; it’s about compassion and empathy. “Rut” tackles those feelings head-on, with gut-wrenching lyrics like, I’ve done my best defending, but the punches are starting to land; I’m sliding into something you won’t understand, the song talks through negative feelings and builds towards a rousing crescendo of determination with an empowered chant of I’ll climb and I’ll climb; Don’t you give up on me.

Fortunately for every one, it’s not another half-cooked power ballad, but a soulful song with a distinct identity, courtesy of The Killers being one of the somewhat rare pop acts who actually write their own songs, to say nothing of the work done by producer Jacknife Lee, who had previously worked with iconic acts like Neil Diamond, U2, and R.E.M. At this point, The Killers have absolutely earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence as those legends.

Wonderful Wonderful is out now.