2008’s Day & Age seemed a deliberate move back to dancier territory following the unfair ribbing Sam’s Town took, but there was always a sense of unfinished business. Now, with ‘Runaways’, it seems Brandon and co are willing to shake off the cowboy dust and re enter their 2006 phase, even if it means they face the chagrin of those who loathed their Americana-influenced period.
It takes a while to build, but once it does, ‘Runaways’ has the soaring Killers chorus that they can knock out in their sleep. It’s got everything you could want from a comeback, and even though it sails closer to Tom Petty and, natch, The Boss than it does to a Blast Off dancefloor, once you hear Brandon’s bulging veins scream “I knew it when I met you / I’m not gonna let you ruuuuun”, you forget everything you knew about ‘Neon Tiger’. This river is wild again.
About Samuel Lambeth
Listening to music is my favourite pastime, and I enjoy listening to new, up and coming releases as well as classic records. My favourite bands are varied and long but include Ocean Colour Scene, Vampire Weekend, The Beatles, R.E.M., The Bluetones, Buffalo Tom, to new bands such as Yuck, Surfer Blood, Brother and The Vaccines.