Songwriting Brilliance Shines Bright In An Otherwise Atypical Album For The Killers



AUGUST 13, 2021


Pressure Machine

Let’s talk about it.

Now, don’t go jumping to conclusions about this album just yet based off the first few minutes. Yes, I know what you’re thinking:

“Chris, this doesn’t sound like the Killers”

“Chris, what’s with the weird people talking at the beginning of these tracks?”

“Chris, I miss the Hot Fuss days.”

Yes, yes, I miss those days too. In the days of Hot Fuss I was still young enough where coloring in between the lines was considered to be genius-level and I was top of my class! However, like it so often happens in life, sometimes you hit a peak so high it’s pretty much impossible to reach anywhere near that threshold ever again.

For those of you who haven't taken a stab at this album yet, let me dive into why Pressure Machine has been met with mixed reviews so far.

Like you may have gathered earlier, Pressure Machine is NOT a typical Killers album by any means. The pop crowd anthems that we came to know and love are nowhere to be found in this record and that seems to have been done very intentionally.

The nature of this record has somewhat of a Bruce Springsteen vibe to it; simple, clean, gruff.

This album to its core is a heavy theme album and whereas a lot of themed albums are hard to read into and follow along with, this one is very forward and easy for listeners to read into.

What The Killers get right with this album is the fantastic storytelling. Pressure Machine feels more like a Brandon Flowers memoir than an album. From track to track, a new story is told. Each song leads into the next one seamlessly, much like each chapter of a book. Voice recordings at the beginning and end of certain tracks add a level of authenticity and create another layer to the storytelling aspect. These real, authentic, small-town stories are everything that today’s country music wishes it was.

Pressure Machines perfectly illustrates to the audience how it feels to grow up in a small, religious, country town where everyone knows everyone. Issues such as opioid addiction, domestic abuse, infidelity, and a fear of feeling trapped are discussed throughout the album, giving the audience a brief idea of how small-town living isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in modern culture.

When all is said and done, this record was probably one of the hardest ones that I have ever had the pleasure of rating. Music-wise, the songs were a little underwhelming and none were very memorable. However, the storytelling throughout the album was SO GOOD that weighing how much that played into the overall rankings was a huge task. This album is a fantastic listen one time through. It’s not a record that you will be dying to hear over and over again, but for the sake of a wonderful story-telling experience, I highly recommend giving it at least one full listen.

Keep rockin’ ya’ll 🤘

Favorite tracks: In Another Life | Sleepwalker | Cody

Least Favorite Track: Terrible Thing


Pressure Machine is now available on Spotify!

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