Label: Island Records
The dry Mojave Desert must have had the Killers pining for dreary London rain. The Anglophiles helped usher in a legion of post-punk revivalists with their debut; not surprisingly, the U.K. created quite a, well, hot fuss over them, and the States were quick to follow. Frontman Brandon Flowers emits a sort of austere Bono persona, but instead of saving the world, he enjoys vague puns and waxing poetic about sexual ambiguity and lustful longing. The band piles on the arena-ready drama, with flickers of glittery '80s synths and an undeniable pop sensibility guiding a host of hit singles.