Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Killers – When You Were Young

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397 – The Killers – When You Were Young (2006)
Written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
Produced by Flood, Alan Moulder and The Killers
Label – Island/Mercury

How does the biggest new band look forward and expand their sound? By going backwards and looking inwards of course. “Hot Fuss”, the band’s breakthrough had contained some smart, catchy Indie/rock singles geared firmly towards British audiences. For the follow up (“Sam’s Town”), the band returned home to discover Bruce Springsteen and broader heartland rock atmospherics to match Brandon Flowers story songs. Welcome to widescreen, ambitious romanticizing, and their greatest single.

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