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‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Is, Well, Wonderful

The Killers dropped the title track to their upcoming fifth studio album Wonderful Wonderful on Thursday, in an interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1. The track comes as a follow up to the Las Vegas quartet’s swaggering return single ‘The Man’ and Donald Trump diss track ‘Run for Cover’ (the video for the latter was also released on Thursday).

‘Wonderful Wonderful’ is a much more subdued track than the two that preceded it, with Ronnie Vannucci’s somewhat distorted drums, Dave Keunings’s sharp guitar and the track opening and closing with a brilliant bass line from Mark Stoermer. And of course, the song wouldn’t be complete with the soaring vocals from front man Brandon Flowers, which build as the track progresses.

What starts out as subdued builds and builds, becoming a glorious mesh of crashing drums and piercing guitar by the end, before cutting to and closing with Stoermer’s bass line.

‘Wonderful Wonderful’ is very reminiscent of early The Killers songs, ‘Goodnight, Travel Well’ from their third studio album Day and Age, as well as ‘Tranquillize’ from the compilation album Sawdust. These songs both have a darker feel and sound than a lot of the Las Vegas band’s discography, and, especially in the case of ‘Goodnight, Travel Well’, start slow and build.

Listen to the track ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ here, and keep an eye out for the album Wonderful Wonderful, to be released on September 22nd.

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