Wow, that girl has a long face.
Anyway, what I was going to say was that this album bites so hard off 70s Springsteen (& the Jersey Shore sound in general) that I’m surprised the Boss can still walk. He must be sore at least.
So I was already biased going in by the heavy biting – you can’t avoid it. The thing is, I still like it. It’s still a good listen. I guess they managed to walk the fine line between heavy biting with innovation & crude aping. I’m not enough of a trained musical critic that I could point out the things in common in specific, but you’ll hear it if you listen. They bring just enough (and possibly a little more) to the table though that you can enjoy it as a Killers album and be pleasantly reminded of it’s all-too-obvious roots.
This shouldn’t be an issue right? Music does this all the time? Hell, I can’t count the # of Green Day apers that made it to the radio. I think the thing is, usually they are less obvious about it and can just get away with calling it an “influence”. This is very obvious. Maybe just because it’s been so long since I heard anyone doing anything in this vein? I’m actually thankful they did, it’s a great sound & theme combo and I’d be interested in seeing more bands taking their spin on it. I think The Hold Steady does to a much smaller degree (i.e. in the normal way), and I’m sure there are others as well.
So yeah, I didn’t even want to like it because I was only so-so on their previous effort, but they won me over with their…their…I don’t know, luck?