Did anyone even know The Killers were recording? They’re one of my favourite bands but it had completely gone over my head.
What a great Friday surprise.
The song is really strong. It’s a clear statement of intent – these men have life in them yet.
Vocally we’re getting everything from casual spoken spills to soulful runs and choirs to Daft Punk nodding vocoder pieces. It's built around 80's guitars and synths, but they feel anything but tired. Thanks Stuart Price and Jacknife Lee!
I’m the man!
No-no-nothing can break, no-nothing can break me down.
You can’t break me down!
I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby you're looking at the man.
(You’re looking at the maaan)
Listen here and keep reading for the rest of our commentary.
On first listen the lyrics are a little bit too close for comfort in the current US political climate.
Very masc. Certainly targeting the average white man. I wish this would have been out this time last year – maybe it would have satiated some of those working-class whites looking to grab a little power back.
When it comes to Friday, I always earn
Don't try to teach me, I got nothing to learn
'Cause baby I'm gifted
You see what I mean?
USDA certified lean
The “headed to the hall of… FAME” lyric is a great moment.
But these Trump parallels are not in my head – look at these bridge lyrics:
Right hand to God
First in command
My testimony, but I take the stand
What is going on? What are they trying to say? Anna Gaca of Spin suggests Flowers is “shimmying some kind of truth to power.”