The Killers' sixth album is Imploding the Mirage and it's the kind of quality release from the band that we're used to seeing at this point. There aren't any real surprises here other than who the band got to do features for them. There’s plenty of music to marvel at and some of the best sounds that the band has put together to date.
The only real anomaly in The Killers' catalog is their debut record Hot Fuss. Yes, that album was a monster and an amazing listen, but nothing indicated that the group would be one of the best bands to come out in the era. No one really could have predicted that the band would take synth rock, bring it back, and then run it through Springsteen and use the Boss as a main influence. The Killers have been doing that since Sam's Town in different ways to different degrees but Imploding the Mirage might incorporate the boss better than most of their other music. There are big airy synths, arena ready drums, but then there's also tracks of organic guitar bliss and Flowers' vocal thumbprint has a lot of the same markings as Springsteen's. The biggest songs with that trademark synth/Springsteen sound here are the title track "Imploding The Mirage" and the single "Caution." Both are among The Killers' best work to date.
As for those features? The Killers got the legendary Lindsey Buckingham to play a solo on "Caution" and it's amazing. They also got k.d. lang to duet with Flowers on "Lightning Fields" - another amazing song.
It would be immensely difficult to rank The Killers' albums at this point in their career. Each one has key songs and they all have their own unique personalities even if they share the same traits. They're like a family where the siblings all get along. Imploding The Mirage will end up being a bit of lost opportunity for fans of the band - because these songs would be amazing played to crowds of 20,000 people. Still, the record holds its own place in the band's lore and they did an incredible job putting it together.