The Killers – “Runaways”

As one of the seventeen people in the United states who actually liked “Human”, I was interested in what The Killers would come up with after four years off, but now I’m not sure why I bothered. “Runaways” sounds like a modernized mid-eighties Springsteen rip-off, like a Bon Jovi record without hooks but layered with serious intentions. Except Bon Jovi targeted the more pop-oriented Springsteen; these guys are aiming for Darkness On the Edge of Town, an idea even Springsteen himself couldn’t pull off completely (I still consider it his most over-rated album). The Killers now sound even more impoverished in the musical ideas department than they did when they were ripping off “Queen Bitch”.