Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2017 Ratings: #597 / 719
User Score
Based on 195 ratings
2017 Ratings: #508
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
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Pop Rock, New Wave / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

By this point, Flowers' obsessions and signatures are so idiosyncratic, he's clearly the auteur behind Wonderful Wonderful just as he was with The Desired Effect, and the record charms because its ridiculousness is sincere and his sincerity is ridiculous -- two qualities that make him and his art messy and quite genuine.

80
NME
As a songwriter, Flowers has never been particularly guarded about himself – he’s neurotic, driven, sentimental and sometimes corny – but he bares more on ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ than ever before, and the result is the band’s best album since 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town’.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Wonderful Wonderful is not an about-turn, not an exercise in New Earnestness, but the latest step in becoming the most concise version of themselves – it is true because it concentrates the traces of what they have always been.

80
The Guardian
This is certainly big music, which is all the better for its more intimate, touching soul.
80
DIY
An album without an obvious theme or concept it may be, but somehow, it’s still quintessentially The Killers. It may not be the all-out stadium epic we’ve come to expect from the band but it’s still wonderful (wonderful).
75
Consequence of Sound

Wonderful Wonderful is an album about The Killers and little else.

75
Entertainment Weekly

Although the new album doesn’t live up to its effusive title by recapturing the glory of Sam’s Town — there’s no “When You Were Young” here — it affirms that the Killers are far from dead yet.

73
Paste

The beauty of The Killers is that you can start at any point. Each album is as good as the last and those that came after it. To that end, Wonderful Wonderful works as a perfect introduction or a delightful continuation.

70
Slant Magazine
There's never been a Killers album that comes so close to feeling as even-keeled and down to earth as this one does.
70
Rolling Stone

What's great about Wonderful Wonderful ... is that they seem in on the joke, doubling down on their hugeness fetish while wink-winking their way to the bank.

70
Exclaim!

Despite its flaws, Wonderful Wonderful is a welcome course correction, a relatively personal record from a too-often facile group. Whether history remembers it as the end of an era or the beginning of a new one remains to be seen, but it suggests that the Killers aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

70
musicOMH

While Wonderful Wonderful certainly isn’t The Killers’ best record – or even their second best – it is a welcome return to form after some time in the wilderness.

66
GIGsoup
Due to its relatively experimental sound and diversity of styles – the album seems to delight in handpicking sounds from the band’s previous eras, while occasionally adding new influences to the mix – listeners are sure to find a lot to enjoy over the course of ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, even if some fans may find the consistently middling tempo and lack of immediacy harder to grasp than earlier efforts.
63
Pitchfork

They don’t hit their lucky number on Wonderful Wonderful, their fifth studio album. No tens here—sixes and sevens abound, for sure, a few fives, maybe an eight.

60
Drowned in Sound
The Killers remain a act whose relevance lies predominantly in their status as live entertainment, and this album will be remembered mainly for the two or three power hits that bolster their setlist, but the keen fan who explores the album will be rewarded with a couple of tracks that shouldn’t go forgotten.
60
The Independent

Wonderful Wonderful is an album that doesn’t let the listener look forward to the next track, because the album is restlessly glancing backwards over its shoulder, haunted by past successes of The Killers, and the great artists who came before them.

60
PopMatters
It will never be anyone’s favorite Killers album, but it’s the most fun we’ve had with them in years, and a hopeful sign of truly wonderful things yet to come.
60
The Needle Drop

Despite its promising singles, Wonderful Wonderful fails to come together as a cohesive artistic statement and really falls apart in the home stretch.

58
A.V. Club

That lack of any real direction or purpose colors all of Wonderful Wonderful, a record that, even by The Killers’ standards, boasts little depth beneath its glossy surface.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

On Wonderful Wonderful, there are glimpses of that ambition on an otherwise routine album from a top-notch band on autopilot. But if the Killers want to capture the moment like they did a decade ago, they’ll have to want it more.

50
Clash
Aside from a few big hitters, ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ has too many middle-of-the-road moments.
40
Sputnikmusic

Wonderful Wonderful fills the same role as Battle Born, taking mid-tempo pop-rock with aimless verses and marrying them to one stab-at-the-radio chorus after another. It's a vicious cycle, and it's one that they will likely never break unless they can find the inspiration to make something as emotional as Hot Fuss or as creative as Sam's Town again.

40
God Is in the TV
This is an utterly irrelevant long-player, a shiny empty monumemt to the playlists of a retro classics radio station, yet you can just fire up YouTube and instantly listen to the originals anyway.
30
Under The Radar

Despite a committed effort, Wonderful Wonderful isn't a title that accurately reflects its content. It's unfair to want The Killers of 2004, but it might be easier to move on if they were still making good albums in 2017.

Plats
72
While a little bit ridiculous, Wonderful Wonderful is still a fun album with Brandon’s voice being a highlight with the pretty production of the tracks.

Fav Tracks: Run For Cover, The Man, Rut, Wonderful Wonderful, Tyson vs Douglas

Least Fav Track: Have All The Songs Been Written?

Score:
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JotaBrasil
72
Poucos artistas possuem um autoconhecimento tão grande em relação a sua sonoridade e como a mesma afeta o público como o The Killers. A banda liderada por Brandon Flowers nunca foi o queridinho de uma boa parte do público e muito menos dos críticos, mas, para a sorte deles, muita gente curte de verdade o som dos caras. Para o bem ou para o mal, o The Killers chega ao quinto álbum da carreira com o mesmo senso estético de sempre, mesmo que ... read more
diegosc
80
Favorite track: Tyson vs. Douglas
liammenzies
42
Found this super underwhelming: hard to believe this is the same act who provided some of the 00's best indie rock albums.
davecoop18
63
The song Wonderful Wonderful is probably my favorite Killers song ever. Hopefully they'll focus on that sound sometime in the future.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#20/American Songwriter
#46/Dork

MISC LISTS

#18/Uproxx (Rock)
/Radio X

Track List

  1. Wonderful Wonderful
  2. The Man
  3. Rut
  4. Life to Come
  5. Run for Cover
  6. Tyson vs. Douglas
  7. Some Kind of Love
  8. Out of My Mind
  9. The Calling
  10. Have All the Songs Been Written?
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