We're getting surprise after surprise this week. Island/Def Jam just released an audio stream of The Killer's new single "When You Were Young." You all know how much I adore this band. I've traveled from Miami to Las Vegas, and from Atlanta to Los Angeles last year to see the band become the megasellers they are today. I was really looking forward to hearing some new work from Brandon and the guys. And here it is. Yes, it is grand and majestic. Yes, it has guitars and synths. Yes, Brandon's distinct vocals make it unmistakably a Killers tune. And yes, the nostalgic '80s vibe is still there. But when I'm hearing that glorious synth riff in the chorus, I'm just wondering if perhaps they tried too hard to come up with a hook. What do you think?
Stream The Killers "When You Were Young" [real]