The Killers’ newest album, “Pressure Machine,” is essentially an album of deep cuts.
Deep cuts — at least by the traditional definition — are songs that often don’t make the radio and get lost to the hands of time. They’re songs that won’t spark the top of your playlist, but they’ll circle around the middle to late rounds of the tracklist, reminding you of why you really like the band. In many ways, the deep cuts are for the fans.
“Pressure Machine” is totally going to be a deep-cut album. I don’t see these songs being highly popularized, but it seems to be an album packed with deep cuts for true fans. As I wrote in my review, the album is really local in that it talks about the city of Nephi, Utah, and the culture of the Beehive State.
That said, I wanted to look at some of the deep cuts of The Killers, so we can explore what other songs have mattered.
‘Just Another Girl’ — ‘Direct Hits’
Nothing says deep cut like a new song tucked away on a greatest hits album. “Just Another Girl” is one of two new songs added to “Direct Hits,” but it didn’t achieve the music video status of the other song, “Shot at the Night.” The song “Just Another Girl” is a classic tune about falling for someone and staying attracted to them, even though your friends want you to move on and find someone else. It’s so relatable for anyone who has fallen hard for someone who might be wrong for them.
‘The Way it Was’ — ‘Battle Born’
The song “The Way it Was” is hidden on “Battle Born” and might be one you skip as you hit some of the band’s bigger pieces. But this is an excellent reflection on time gone by and how we’re always looking to the past for answers. Like much of the “Battle Born” album, this song shows how much the past matters for our present, and how much we pine for the good ol’ days — the way things were.
‘Rut’ — ‘Wonderful Wonderful’
This is where Brandon Flowers really shows us how talented he can be. He dives deep into this song, talking about the dangers of falling into a rut and the trouble that can cause. Once again, Flowers provides relatable lyrics about tripping into a rut and having to claw your way out of it.
‘Andy, You’re a Star’ — ‘Hot Fuss’
Who can forget this classic? Well, it’s possible you might have missed it since it’s on the same album as “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside.” But with “Andy, You’re a Star,” The Killers begin to show how talented they’d end up being, providing a song of epic proportions that would define some of their later works.
‘Be Still’ — ‘Battle Born’
It’s surprising that more people don’t talk about “Be Still.” This ballad — telling about how you have to keep still amid all the torture the world throws your way — is a plentiful, deep song that makes you reflect on your own life choices and those you have yet to make. It’s a beautiful, sweeping song you can’t forget once you hear it.
‘I Can’t Stay’ — ‘Day & Age’
Like I’ve written before, “Day & Age” aged really well, even if it didn’t fit the time it was released. “I Can’t Stay” is a perfect example of that. The song is a nice, boppy tune about making the right decision. And it’s a song that hits you right when you think “Day & Age” is going to fall off.
‘This is Your Life’ — ‘Day & Age’
Another song from “Day & Age,” the tune “This is Your Life” has the early signs of what would later come with “Battle Born.” It’s catchy, it’s exciting and the lyrics are well-written to the max. The song touches on legacy, growth and becoming stronger, an important theme running through The Killers music.
‘For Reasons Unknown’ — ‘Sam’s Town’
“Sam’s Town” — the sophomore album from The Killers — is packed with a number of hits like “When You Were Young” and “Read My Mind.” But “For Reasons Unknown” is another conventional rock tune that defines that album, only it has the heart and soul of traditional Killers music.
‘Some Kind of Love’ — ‘Wonderful Wonderful’
Like “Be Still,” the song “Some Kind of Love” is a deeply emotional song that sinks you into this love-filled story about how, even in trying times, there’s still some kind of love always there. No matter how hard you try, the love is lingering there, always to embrace. It might not always be top-tier love, but it’s still floating there. It’s a beautiful song that is, truly, wonderful.
‘Prize Fighter’ — ‘Battle Born’
The last song on the long “Battle Born” album is “Prize Fighter,” which seems odd as an album-ending song. But it still slaps, as Flowers celebrates a woman he loved. It’s a nice fit for the album since it talks about past loves, heroic women and strong legacies. The problem — and, ultimately, the reason it’s forgotten — is that it comes at the end of the album. Still, it’s a solid deep cut for The Killers.
Correction: This article previously said the song “Rut” is from the album “Imploding the Mirage.” It is actually on “Wonderful Wonderful.”