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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the rock band features guest appearances from k.d. lang and Weyes Blood.
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  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Fire In Bone
(Fire in bone) Fire in bone I felt fire in bone Fire in bone I felt fire in bone Fire in bone I felt cast out I felt eighty-sixed I felt... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    The Killers have made another dazzling statement of ultra-modern pomp, and one arguably even more in step with new generations of alt-rock. It’s a musical DeLorean: rooted in mainstream Americana but speeding into adventurous horizons.
  2. Aug 20, 2020
    90
    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.
  3. Aug 18, 2020
    80
    Sheer, unabashed stadium sonics delivered with a heart of gold, ‘Imploding The Mirage’ finds The Killers providing one of the biggest – in both a sonic and emotional sense – albums of their career. It’s a propulsive achievement, pushing their songwriting to the limit in a thrilling, Devil-may-care manner.
  4. Aug 24, 2020
    80
    The band sounds invigorated, and the listening experience benefits hugely from that sense of direction and self-awareness.
  5. Aug 20, 2020
    75
    There’s a maturity in The Killers’ music that started to emerge on Wonderful Wonderful and really takes root here.
  6. Rolling Stone
    Sep 17, 2020
    70
    The 80s-loving Vegas crew delivers its strongest set of songs in years. [Sep 2020, p.68]
  7. Aug 21, 2020
    40
    Imploding the Mirage promises dynamite rock 'n' roll yet delivers tepid synthpop. Whereas the album marginally reinvents the Killers' sound, the lyrics problematically redesign archaic ideology.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Aug 21, 2020
    10
    Overall this is a stronger album than "Wonderful Wonderful"

    Each song has its own personality, its highs and lows but always staying at a
    Overall this is a stronger album than "Wonderful Wonderful"

    Each song has its own personality, its highs and lows but always staying at a point where they are key pieces of an album that you can tell it was made with passion.

    My Own souls warning is probably one of the best songs on the album, the synthesizers in the chorus, the bass at the beginning and the guitar at the end make an anthem in his discography.

    Blowback It has a rhythm reminiscent of the old west, slide guitar, piano, synthesizers. Another strong point.

    Dying Breed An industrial start with a drum machine mixed with real drums and synthesizers.
    In the middle it explodes to give a direct song to the top of its career.

    Caution the first single, Ronnie driving with his drums, accompanied by acoustic guitars, synthesizers and bass.
    The solo at the end is a spectacular closing.

    Lightning Fields feat k.d.lang
    Lang's chorus and section take this song to another level.

    Fire in Bone, Mix Bass Funk whit Bowie and Talking heads.

    Running Towards a Place
    Driving with bass, drums, synthesizers and the voice of Brandon Flowers

    My God feat Weyes Blood
    Weyes Blood and Brandon Flowers come together to give one of the best songs on the album and the Killers in general.

    When the dreams run dry
    Synthesizers are the stars in this well-implemented pop rock song

    Imploding the Mirage
    A rhythm no one expected.
    Instead of closing with a ballad this time The Killers close with a fun song that leaves a good taste in the mouth.
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  2. Aug 29, 2020
    10
    SIM, ESTE É O MELHOR ÁLBUM DA BANDA (ao lado de Sam's Town e Hot Fuss) The Killers voltou retumbante e agora reconhece o peso deSIM, ESTE É O MELHOR ÁLBUM DA BANDA (ao lado de Sam's Town e Hot Fuss) The Killers voltou retumbante e agora reconhece o peso de expressividade que eles tem no cenário da música e do mundo! Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2020
    10
    This is so good. It's a mix of old Killers and new Killers. The production, through Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado is on point. The moreThis is so good. It's a mix of old Killers and new Killers. The production, through Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado is on point. The more experimental tracks prove their pick of new producers was a success. Just look who's back in business! Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2021
    10
    Meus olhos cheio de lágrimas eu venho dar minha nota para o esplêndido Imploding The Mirage, conheci tem pouco tempo mas foi um amor tãoMeus olhos cheio de lágrimas eu venho dar minha nota para o esplêndido Imploding The Mirage, conheci tem pouco tempo mas foi um amor tão grande que eu não poderia aclamar, arrisco dizer que é um dos melhores álbuns rock que já ouvi, The Killers entregou uma viagem ao tempo e um orgamo sonoro, já derramei lágrimas e meu único arrependimento é não estar ouvindo 24 horas, eles começa com a gigantesca My Own Soul's Warning, aonde Brandon mostra sua devoção, no meio desse caminho encontramos Caution que ganhou meu coração de primeira com seu final grandioso, e cada faixa que passa sentimentos uma viagem gratuita ao paraíso, Running Towards A Place é um grito do que estamos passando nessa época de pandemia... Expand
  5. Aug 21, 2020
    9
    Their most hopeful and uplifting record yet, Imploding The Mirage may not be the album that ones want but it is the album that ones need inTheir most hopeful and uplifting record yet, Imploding The Mirage may not be the album that ones want but it is the album that ones need in this trying times. It is also The Killers at their most creative and playful, it’s clear that Flowers and co had a ball making this record. Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2020
    9
    Love this album! So glad its back to the recipe that made The Killers work! Back to basics! No generics like Battle Born, this is just themLove this album! So glad its back to the recipe that made The Killers work! Back to basics! No generics like Battle Born, this is just them plain and simple! All the tracks are good and the album is well delivered!!! Bravo!! Love it!!! Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2020
    0
    8.5/12
    This album is alright. I like The Killers and their sound, so their music is always pleasing. The music is all good but each song
    8.5/12
    This album is alright. I like The Killers and their sound, so their music is always pleasing. The music is all good but each song sounds more and more repetitive and kind of the same. It would be good to listen to every now and again or to have in the background.
    It sounds like Bruce Springsteen mixed with The Bangles or some other 80's new wave/alternative rock band. It's a bit of a throwback to the early days of synth rock with that prideful heartland feel.
    I also like K.D. Lang so hearing her on "Lightning Fields" was nice.

    ALBUM ARTWORK: The artwork is glorious here. It's like a grandiose classical painting. I'm not sure which time period/art movement it would represent but it's absolutely gorgeous to look at. However, it kind of fits the musical style here but also doesn't. This album cover feels very progressive as if it should be for a Moody Blues album. Regardless, the artwork is beautiful with the colors, texture, and whatever is happening with these angels and clouds. I just love it.
    Artwork rating: 12/12
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