AOTY 2021

Imploding the Mirage

The Killers - Imploding the Mirage
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2020 Ratings: #407 / 821
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Based on 723 ratings
2020 Ratings: #701
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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.

Following years of ups and downs -- both as a unit and, for Flowers, as a supportive husband -- 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.

The Line of Best Fit
The Killers dazzle with a flash-bang on the soaring and triumphant Imploding The Mirage
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.
No Ripcord

Imploding the Mirage is a powerful album from a hungrier and more passionate Killers that have once again embraced bombast with fearlessness, aspiration, and confidence.

On ‘Imploding The Mirage’, they continue to push forward, offering up a more eclectic collection of surefire hits, but still with the stadium-rock sheen they’ve long cultivated.
FLOOD Magazine

It sounds a lot like a bigger, hi-fidelity bite of the Sam’s Town apple this time, and it works as a swaggering distillation of The Killers’ best Springsteeen and ’80s pop proclivities.

By shedding any cool pretence and steering directly into the skid of adult alternative cheese, the Killers have followed a lifetime of perfect songs and made their first truly great album.
Northern Transmissions

While they may not be as cool as they were on Hot Fuss or have the joyous melancholy they displayed on Sam’s Town, they are still writing great, huge, sing along songs and in a time where that kind of comfort is increasingly hard to find, Imploding The Mirage is a wonderful reassurance that there is still some fun left to be had.


It’s strange to run out of complimentary adjectives when describing an album, but in reality this is the most professional, mature, clean-sounding hit of saccharine pop the band have ever delivered, and it’s certainly their best album since Day & Age.

The Telegraph
The Killers’ sixth album features thundering drums and some impressive guests – it’s stadium rock on your stereo.

The Killers’ sixth studio album embodies the band’s liberated spirit and boundless appetite for the grandiose, all while beginning to make up for over a decade of below average material. Imploding the Mirage will finally have you smiling about The Killers again – and yes, this time, like you mean it.

Beats Per Minute
The band sounds invigorated, and the listening experience benefits hugely from that sense of direction and self-awareness.

Imploding the Mirage powerfully reaffirms The Killers' status as America's preeminent old-school arena-rock band.

Consequence of Sound

Imploding the Mirage is gigantic and jubilant.

Under The Radar

The first four songs here are a tour de force, a mission statement that Brandon Flowers and company are no longer the ironic men of Wonderful Wonderful but more the horse and fast car of their 2012 album Battle Born.


Led by the exquisite brio of Brandon Flowers, the Las Vegas band returns with one of their biggest and best albums, a marvelously absurd collection of synth-rock gems and arena anthems.


Imploding The Mirage is the sound of a band spreading out, as much informed by the authenticity of their own lives as the formative records that grounded their foundation.

The Observer
Brandon Flowers is in Springsteen territory again in an engaging, if bombastic collection.
Amid the flattering Anglophile bombast, Vegas's jackpot-snaffling quartet (actually a trio while co-founder Dave Keuning sits this sixth batch out) still seem dedicated to proving they're not U2.
The Guardian
The millennial Queen try to return to multi-platinum sales with songs that are forever climaxing – to wearying effect.
The Independent
A euphoric, bombastic album that lacks subtlety.
The Needle Drop

Imploding the Mirage has some decent tunes buried beneath its headache-inducing mastering and recurrent lack of identity.


Imploding the Mirage marginally reinvents the Killers' sound, but the lyrics problematically redesign archaic ideology, resulting in a regressive album.

Years go by and they all look the same. Faithful to what they showed before, The Killers continue to deliver songs with a strong radio potential, very melodic and particularly atmospheric. Unfortunately, as on most of the band's last albums, Imploding the Mirage is articulated around a small handful of very efficient and beautifully written songs, while the rest is particularly harmless, sometimes generic, cruelly lacking in personality.

There's no need today to present The Killers, a band ... read more
The Killers return with a new album, an album that… surprisingly sounds like their roots.

I have been a big Killers fan for a while now, Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town and Day & Age all being some really high albums for me (I will get to reviewing them all don’t worry). I also do like Battle Born a bit, and Wonderful Wonderful was a really nice surprise, so where does this fit into their discography, and my overall ranking? Imploding The Mirage is actually a surprisingly good ... read more
Originally slated for earlier this year, Imploding the Mirage continues a format that The Killers have stuck to for over a decade now. With densely produced and massive stadium pop rock songs, the Las Vegas natives maintain their gargantuan anthems as they have since Day & Age. Although still a cut below their initial two records that brought them to prominence in the mainstream, with some of the most popular songs of their era, Imploding the Mirage may be the biggest the group have sounded ... read more
'Imploding the Mirage' é um exemplo perfeito de como o que já não era bom poderia ainda ficar pior. O novo álbum do The Killers apresenta certos pontos que poderiam funcionar muito bem, mas os elementos radiofônicos acabam destruindo qualquer resquício de propriedade artística e de quebra, ainda revela um álbum esquecível e desinteressante.
At this moment I don't know how to write this review, but for sure: this is the best The Killers album so far.
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Added on: November 15, 2019