Wonderful Wonderful

Wonderful Wonderful

by The Killers

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Overview

In 2017, it's hard to figure out where Brandon Flowers ends and the Killers begin. Just prior to the September release of Wonderful Wonderful -- their fifth album and first in five years -- the band announced that neither bassist Mark Stoermer nor guitarist Dave Keuning would be touring in support of the record, all the while stressing that neither musician had left the group. Listening to Wonderful Wonderful, it's hard to discern their contribution because Flowers completely dominates the proceedings, to the point where this feels like a sequel not to 2012's Battle Born but to his 2015's solo album, The Desired Effect. To an extent, Flowers always has been the focus of the Killers, but at the dawn of their career they were unified in their fusion of new wave and arena rock. Ghosts of that sound flutter through Wonderful Wonderful, but they get pushed aside by disco struts, brooding celebrity name-drops, Mark Knopfler cameos, and Fleetwood Mac harmonies so uncannily real you'd swear Lindsey Buckingham guested on the record. Such odd juxtapositions and untrammeled ambition have been the Killers' stock in trade since at least Sam's Town, but the impressive thing about Wonderful Wonderful is how the Killers are able to execute Flowers' overstuffed ideas so precisely. Being able to evoke certain sounds and eras is a skill that means Wonderful Wonderful can sound diffuse, as if it's racing in opposite directions simultaneously, but that grandly inflated pomp is ingratiating not in the least because the years have proven there's not a hint of irony in Flowers' stadium-sized emotions. By this point, Flowers' obsessions and signatures are so idiosyncratic, he's clearly the auteur behind Wonderful Wonderful just as he was with The Desired Effect, and the record charms because its ridiculousness is sincere and his sincerity is ridiculous -- two qualities that make him and his art messy and quite genuine.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2017
Label: Island
UPC: 0602557771701
catalogNumber: 002704602
Rank: 21680

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Killers   Primary Artist
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Stuart Price   Keyboards
Brandon Flowers   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
David Keuning   Guitar,Group Member
Mark Stoermer   Bass,Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Group Member
Ronnie Vannucci   Drums,Group Member
Erol Alkan   Synthesizer,Percussion
Las Vegas Mass Choir   Vocals
Jacknife Lee   Guitar,Keyboards
Woody Harrelson   Narrator
Nina Fechner   Choir, Chorus
Justin Diaz   Choir, Chorus
Becca Marie   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Otha Nash   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Programming
Stuart Price   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Brandon Flowers   Composer
David Keuning   Composer
Mark Stoermer   Composer
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer
Erol Alkan   drum programming,Additional Production
Jacknife Lee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Matt Bishop   Engineer
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Robert Root   Engineer
Donald Boyce   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer
Alex Cameron   Composer
Paul Lane   Package Production

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