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Imploding The Mirage

The Killers

Imploding The Mirage

Sixth studio album from the Las Vegas pop-rock band produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs, Julian Casablancas) and Foxygen's Jonathan Rado

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
EMI
UK Release date
21/08/2020
US Release date
21/08/2020
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The trio blast through Battlestar Vannucci once more, roaring into a distant soundscape with enormo-ballads and futuristic bangers aplenty
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Imploding the Mirage feels like more than just one of their best albums, but a triumphant and invigorated rut-reversal that shines with a hard-won confidence
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Killers dazzle with a flash-bang on the soaring and triumphant Imploding The Mirag
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Imploding The Mirage’ is the counterpoint to quarantine claustrophobia – it’s the sound of countless doors being opened, with The Killers stepping away from their limitations in a blast of undiluted ambitions
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  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    When it’s particularly easy to feel cynical, this album offers the same fiery hope that All These Things That I’ve Done did years ago. The Killers have got soul and they’re wearing it proudly on their sleeves once again
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    They are still writing great, huge, sing along songs and in a time where that kind of comfort is increasingly hard to find, Imploding The Mirage is a wonderful reassurance that there is still some fun left to be had
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    By shedding any cool pretence and steering directly into the skid of adult alternative cheese, the Killers have followed a lifetime of perfect songs and made their first truly great album
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Headphones on, eyes shut, volume up, it’s already possible to see a gigantic crowd expressing warm approval of new songs that stand with their best
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is the most professional, mature, clean-sounding hit of saccharine pop the band have ever delivered, and it’s certainly their best album since Day & Age
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  10. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album that feels rich and invigorating, and proves they’re still one of our most treasured bands for a reason
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  11. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Imploding the Mirage will finally have you smiling about The Killers again – and yes, this time, like you mean it
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  12. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    The band sounds invigorated, and the listening experience benefits hugely from that sense of direction and self-awareness
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  13. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The first four songs here are a tour de force, a mission statement that Brandon Flowers and company are no longer the ironic men of Wonderful Wonderful but more the horse and fast car of their 2012 album Battle Born
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  14. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A gigantic and jubilant vision fixated on a hope worth celebrating and sprinting toward
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  15. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Led by the exquisite brio of Brandon Flowers, the Las Vegas band returns with one of their biggest and best albums, a marvelously absurd collection of synth-rock gems and arena anthems
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  16. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    The Killers more than satisfy their mass global fan base with Imploding the Mirage as their ability to write standout tracks is demonstrated, however; the tendency for this band to fall into a comfort zone is also evidenced
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  17. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Leaving the grit and glitter of Las Vegas behind to explore new terrain
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    What the Killers have yet to learn from the later Springsteen is subtlety. If bombast is not your thing, this is not your band. Imploding the Mirage says some nuanced things, but very loudly
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  19. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Pomp, schmaltz and tunes
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  20. 6.0 |   Sungenre

    The band’s most consistent release since Sam’s Town (2006) – an album pushing a weathered group into semi-familiar territory, but with strong enough songwriting that it’s sure to leave a lasting impression, one way or another
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  21. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The band's new record, featuring KD Lang and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, is bursting with love
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The millennial Queen try to return to multi-platinum sales with songs that are forever climaxing – to wearying effect
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  23. 4.0 |   The FT

    The band’s sixth studio album is full of sound and fury, but is lyrically clunky
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  24. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Imploding the Mirage marginally reinvents the Killers' sound, but the lyrics problematically redesign archaic ideology, resulting in a regressive album
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