The Killers – Caution – track review

The Las Vegas rockers have returned from the desert with a new single entitled ‘Caution’. The track has been released to promote the upcoming record ‘Imploding the Mirage’, which is due to be released later this year.

This song is a strong starting point for the new project and lays down the foundations of what we can all expect to find on the upcoming full length LP. The Killers seem to have dismissed the swagger they promoted on recent tracks such as ‘The Man’ and the tenderness they displayed on ‘Some Kind of Love’ and ‘Rut’. They’re now instead opting for a storytelling style that sees them planted very much back at home.

“Momma was a dancer and that’s all that she knew, ‘Cause when you live in the desert that’s what pretty girls do” sings Brandon Flowers as he paints a picture of life in Las Vegas, as he often has throughout his musical career.

The most striking element of the song is the change in sound compared with 2017s ‘Wonderful Wonderful’. The band have revealed in recent interviews that they’re digging a little deeper into their record collections for influences now, and the waves of synth-rock they’ve produced with ‘Caution’ are very telling in that matter.

The Killers aren’t exactly heading to areas of musicality that they haven’t before, but rather building on a sound that’s been familiar to them in the past. The drums on caution sound monstrous and they’re only outdone in terms of volume by the shining synth and electronic solar sounds amassed by the other instruments. One particularly exciting part of the song is the rip-roaring guitar solo played by Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac.

The song sounds like it’ll feel right at home in the arena and stadium sized venues The Killers continue to conquer year upon year, with Flowers’ highly-pitched, boyish sounding vocals filling out the chorus until the point that it almost has to burst. Though, with more than 20 years of experience, that’s exactly what has come to be expected of the American band by now.

The Killers are planning a huge worldwide tour this summer, with things starting in the UK around May time, but the developments of Coronavirus will have to be kept a keen eye on if those plans remain due to go ahead.

It seems as if the group are managing to find a great big, positive sounding energy among all the problems that are currently in the world, and it’s good to have a bit of that back.

Listen to the track below:

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All words by Jared Musson

Jared Musson

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