Single Review – The Killers – Peace of Mind

The Killers have marked the tenth anniversary of their hit second album Sam’s Town by releasing a demo track that was not placed on the final track listing of the album. ‘Peace of Mind’ is very much evocative of their sound circa 2006 and would have blended in to the album with ease. The piano ballad come rock anthem is tempered by Brandon Flower’s cautiously trembling vocal, though the sound does reach melodic heights through wiry lead guitars atop of a piano chord rhythm. It is by no means one of their classic tracks from this period, yet it captures their creative direction perfectly. A nostalgic gift for any devoted Killers fan. 

Owen Riddle

Sunday Suggestion – The Killers feat Lou Reed – Tranquilize

In 2007 and off the back of their second album Sam’s Town; The Killers wanted another song to add to their upcoming Sawdust release of a compilation of their B-sides. For Tranquilize they had the pleasure to work with Lou Reed and the resulting combination saw The Killers craft one of their most dark and coldest tracks in ‘Tranquilize’. The opening bass line almost creaks through the eerily whirring synths and straining riffs. Brandon Flower’s vocal enters in a slightly reassuring but uncertain fashion before being joined by the earthy growl of Lou Reed. The children’s choir vocals adds to the sense of unease as does the startling rapidity of the run up of the bridge section with the flashing synths and rising strings. By this point Flower’s sails his vocal as high as his range allows before it ends in a calm and sedated manner with Reed’s outro. A great song and for it’s one their best. An interesting collaboration that worked.