By Jazmin Tellez
The Killers released “Direct Hits,” a greatest hits album that captures the best of the top ten singles the band has released over the years.
As a celebration, The Killers released this album since most bands don’t last long as they have. The Killers also released this album to close that chapter of their lives and come back after their much-needed break with fresh and new material for their fans.
The 18-song record is built from their four different albums they put out through the years, which are “Hot Fuss,” “Sam’s Town,” “Day and Age” and “Battle Born.” The albums include two new tracks- “Shot at the Night,” produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez and “Just another girl.”
The album starts off with four tracks originally on their “Hot Fuss” album. “Mr. Brightside” is the first song The Killers wrote when they formed back in 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hits “Somebody Told Me”, “Smile Like You Mean It” and “All These Things I’ve Done” follow after it.
The album also includes “When You Were Young,” “Read My Mind” and “For Reasons Unknown,” originally from “Sam’s Town.” “Human,” “Spaceman” and “A Dustland Fairytale” come from the “Day and Age” album.
Recent tracks from The Killers also made it onto the album from their underrated “Battle Born” album, which was released last year. “Runaways,” “Miss Atomic Bomb” and “The Way It Was” are on it. The Killers added two new songs to “Direct Hits.” The first is “Shot At The Night,” which gives off an 80’s vibe that will have you singing along after the first listen.
“Just Another Girl” isnot the best track on the album, but it’s catchy with the energy of the instrumentals and the beauty of front man Brandon Flowers’ voice.
In the deluxe edition, there are 3 bonus songs:“When You Were Young,(Calvin Harris, remix)” “Be Still” and “Mr. Brightside (original demo)”.
“Direct Hits” is a fine album from The Killers, but not their best work. The Las Vegas natives still have that edgy alternative rock and indie rock sound they first started off with, which can be a good thing, but having the same sound after a while gets boring. It would’ve been better if The Killers came out with four new tracks instead of two to show their fans what to expect once they got back together after their break.
“Direct Hits” isn’t recommended for this who is just starting to listen to The Killers. “Direct Hits” is more for the fanatics who have enjoyed their music since the band’s beginning. However, this album shows how much the band has evolved over ten years.