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9.01.2006

Bruce Springsteen vs. The Killers

When the Killers have been talking about their new album, Brandon Flowers said how Springsteen influenced their new album.... and after finally hearing "When You Were Young," I'd say my verdict is that it's a fair statement. Really, the key similar "sounds" are fairly obvious, from the use of Springsteen's short delay on his vocals to their melodic keyboard lines that rise above propulsive drums. The way Flowers even phrases his lines sounds like Springsteen.

But, with that being said, I still think that the track is more or less that same Killers sound they had on their first album... the glam, chime guitar parts, explosive drums and dramatic, yet radio friendly, showmanship.

This is the Killers "When You Were Young"



For a close approximation, here's Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," which is stylistically similar... the vocal urgency and echo and propulsive drums.



A good example of the epic bombast that the Killers can be found in Springsteen's "Saint in the City"



Again, another great example of what the Killers seem to be going for.... "Jackson Cage"



So why post on the Killers anyways? As my co-worker Michael says, they're everybody's guilty pleasure.

They have a big old debate about the Killers on Stereogum

Music glob analyzes the promo pics

Byron Crawford loves himself the Killers

Harmonium Music just thinks it sounds weird

Dreams of Horses loves the video, and thinks it makes the song better

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