Pressure Machine

The Killers - Pressure Machine
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2021 Ratings: #137 / 513
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Based on 561 ratings
2021 Ratings: #160
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

The band's seventh album is their most reflective, emotional and intimate ever, but it's also underpinned by real darkness.

100
Sputnikmusic
While documenting the shattered dreams of small town Americana, Brandon Flowers has finally created the Earth-mover that he's always lusted after – and ironically, it comes during a moment of quiet reflection.
100
The Young Folks

It is original and unique and exceptionally bold from a band that made its name in heavy alt-rock anthems. It is a work of honest pain and true reflection. It is a work that everyone can find themselves in.

90
The Line of Best Fit

They've created something cinematic, pragmatic, and above all, fantastically like nothing we’ve heard from them before.

83
A.V. Club

Brandon Flowers and company offer a welcome break from The Killers’ usual form on their latest album.

82
Paste

All of the emotional turmoil that this record holds makes it a thrilling—and kind of frightful—experience from start to finish.

80
Northern Transmissions

The Killers have produced an album that’s been stripped of their normal razzmatazz in favour of something more reflective, tender and contemplative. It’s a new angle that fits them like a trusty pair of Levis.

80
NME

After two decades of bombast, the band's contemplative concept album finds frontman Brandon Flowers reconnecting with his roots.

80
Slant Magazine

The songs on the Killers’s Pressure Machine take their sweet time unfurling, luxuriating in subtle details.

80
Evening Standard

After a year in which the world has been in forced retreat, Pressure Machine is a powerful hit of someone else’s nostalgia.

80
Clash

A rich, rewarding experience, this isn’t an album to be understood easily – uneasy listening, it could be their most enlightening record yet.

80
AllMusic

This matured focus on concept and mood saves the album from becoming an odd catalog misstep, serving instead as a dignified artistic exercise that rewards the band's bravery by becoming the most heartfelt and poignant statement of their careers.

80
Exclaim!

The experiment has succeeded wildly, and the Killers need to own their new form. They've aged into something more pensive, monumental and vital.

80
DIY

This is an album which invites you to dig a little deeper.

80
The Forty-Five

The point of this record isn’t to make crowds go wild ... and, as a still snapshot of small-town life, it’s a beautifully executed trip out of our rooms and into somewhere new.

80
The Observer

Frontman Brandon Flowers channels his Utah childhood on this lush, uncharacteristically reflective album.

70
Gigwise

The earthy, analogue instrumentation, scratchy spoken interludes, and thematically consistent lyrics all combine to make Pressure Machine one of the Killers’ most evocative and essential albums.

70
musicOMH

It’s the stories of that time in Flowers’ memory that inspire this collection, along with snippets of mini-interviews with several current residents that give the album an authentic feel, so much so that you often feel engulfed in the community; it’s almost as if you’re being dragged into the scenes.

70
Beats Per Minute

Pressure Machine proves a successful concept album for The Killers, who give an unflinching portrayal of a small town and the bruised heart beneath its exterior.

70
Rolling Stone

Make no mistake that, as our culture continues to grapple with a global pandemic that seems to pit neighbor-against-neighbor, Pressure Machine might be just too much of a bummer for folks who long for dishy escape. But the band is remarkably good at knowing just when to make a song go widescreen.

70
The Needle Drop

Having flirted with heartland rock on their previous album, The Killers delve much deeper into the sound on the conceptual Pressure Machine.

66
Pitchfork
Brandon Flowers dials back the pomp for an intimate, homespun, and sometimes clunky tour through the small town where he grew up
60
The Irish Times

A little on the nose for some tastes at times – wild horses are surely done to death by now? – but even the misses here are handled with care.

60
The Independent

A little more campfire crackle to his delivery would have helped lift these good short stories from the prettily glowing embers of forgettable and occasionally recycled melodies.

60
Loud and Quiet

On the one hand, I have to respect Flowers’ songwriting talent. He definitely knows how to inhabit a character and can wail them out like the best of them. However, as a piece of blue-collar rock, I can’t help but feel that this record has a whiff of David Cameron’s Hug-A-Hoodie rhetoric about it.

BaddieBaphomet
80
The band behind two 2000’s hit rock songs that make white people go crazy, The Killers are typically associated with the sound of their debut album “Hot Fuss”, which is very weird to think about considering they haven’t sounded like that for the majority of their career. After Brandon Flowers got tired of people assuming they were a British band, he decided The Killers should make a dive into Springsteen-esque Heartland Rock, and that’s basically what they’ve ... read more
Davibitt1234
83
The Killers aqui lança um ótimo disco sendo o melhor dentre os álbuns da banda lançados nos últimos dez anos, o que faz com que seja um surpreendente disco apesar de ainda não conseguir se igualar a seus álbuns mais antigos em termos de qualidade.

O que faz com que este não seja tão bom quanto seus álbuns mais antigos é que, apesar de começar de forma incrível, mais pro final ele começa a ficar ... read more
reptilia0000
85
Everything The Killers ever wanted

So, I was very excited about this. I'm a very big fan of The Killers, they're one of the reasons why I have such a huge obsession with music nowadays, and well, I obviously felt very excited about a new album of theirs, and especially one that seemed so different compared to the other ones. "Pressure Machine" wasn't presented to us the way almost every other Killers' album is. Instead of the usual 3 singles and announcement some months prior, all we ... read more
BGL13
81
in december of 2020, the killers posted a picture to their instagram of what appeared to be the track list to a new album. i was very surprised and a bit worried by this considering that they had just dropped an album earlier that year. i always worry that albums that are released shortly after the artists’s previous album will feel rushed and lazy. however, that is definitely not the case for pressure machine. this is my favorite killers album since 2005’s sam’s town. and, in ... read more
Music_Nerds
70
When it comes to modern heartland rock I haven’t come across many artists that I can truly enjoy, Bob Evans from Australia put out a decent record earlier this year and 2019’s Eraserland from Strand Of Oaks is likely the best current incarnation of this re-emerging genre by far with a follow up album due out in just a couple of weeks.

Opening with audio snippets followed by the gentle refrain of mandolins The Killers add an instant mood to the atmosphere, the storytelling here on ... read more
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Added on: December 22, 2020