It seems like it was only yesterday that an odd ball Las Vegas band called The Killers stepped onto the scene. I clearly remember jamming out to Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me as an angsty 14 year old, trying to make sense of the world. Yet, here I am; a slightly less angsty 24 year old, still trying to make sense of the world, preordering my copy of The Killer’s 10th anniversary greatest hits album.
Through out the band’s ten year history, they’ve managed to put out some solid material. While a greatest hits album is sure to be jam packed with hits, the band is offering us a new single as well! Shot at the Night will round out the album’s 15 track list with something new! Plus, with M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez at the production table, Shot at the Night is sure to be just as good as anything else the band has released, right? Right?
Shot at the Night begins well enough. Spacey synths and a hollow ringing beat create an atmospheric backdrop for Brandon Flower’s distinctive voice. The verses talk about being bored with the mundane routine of a current situation, and longing for something more. At the chorus, the song soon picks up with some sweeping drums and 80’s synths that make the song sound perfect for an 80’s coming of age movie.
But there lies the problem. It’s background music. This song just lacks the depth it needs to stand out as a legitimate single. The vocals lack the power that we all know Brandon has, the guitars are so subdued you barely know they’re there, and as a whole, the song just isn’t big enough to leave an impact. Sure, the glistening synths are really great, but they can’t carry the song from start to finish.
Honestly, its a really weak note to announce a greatest hits collection on. Shot at the Night would make an adequate album filler on Battle Born, but it just isn’t strong enough to stand alone as a single. With 14 other real hits on the album, I have a feeling that this will be the one song that I have to use the “skip” button for…
Final Score: 2/5