September 23, 2008
Close your eyes, clear your heart
What an embarrassing picture. Brandon Petal is dewy though, yes.
Several people have asked me what I think of the new Killers song, Human (hear it now). Here I cave to the demands of my public:
:05 I love how Brandon's voice is mixed right up in the mix. He's such a little boy (and married too young, if you get my drift).
:29 Love the reverb on the word heart. Producer Stuart Price did that.
:35 The hook is sublime and should be on billboards: Are we human or are we dancer? The latter of course. I don't quite get how your sign can be vital and then your hands can be cold. Discordant images, just sayin'.
1:02 Good songs often burst open like one of those highspeed films of a flower blossoming. Human does that too.
1:16 The one flaw: some bowel-moving lyrics. Pay my respects to grace and virtue / Send my condolences to good / Give my regards to soul and romance / They always did the best they could. Urgh. There needs to a caustic element here to blunt that sugar.
1:39 Wave goodbye, wish me well. Our Kid is sooo sentimental, is he not? So emotional. And by emotional, I mean gay. Kidding. not really kidding
2:23 Led in by a heart still beating line, the synth bed that comes in just after the bridge is nothing but elegant. (Takes elegance to hear elegance, I'm sure you'll agree.)
2:51 Galloping forward, the song has Stuart Price's stamp all over it. Can you imagine how heroic the remix will be?
3:10 Brandon is still on his knees, looking for the answer. Crawl over here, LaFleur, I can give it to you.
3:20 The last 45 seconds are heavily instrumental, tinkly gorgeousness. Eat your heart out Chris Martin-Paltrow. What The Killers have done here is create a subtle pop gem. It doesn't beat you over the head with overt hooks, it doesn't stray too far or repeat too much of their past.
Human is a lovely song with heart at a time when we need one. That's what I think.
Note to Robbie: This song reeks of you. I think you will fall in love with it soon.