Lizard King - 2004 - 46 minutes

For many music fans in their late thirties and forties, there has been more than an air of 'I told you so' about 2004. Their formative record buying years, The Eighties - for so long the preserve of irony or just two very dirty words - have made a credibility comeback through a series of acclaimed debut albums. First there was Scissor Sisters', then Franz Ferdinand's and now the Killers'.

Presumably fans of The Cure, New Order, The Smiths and tasteful pop from over 20 years ago didn't hold too many conventions in Las Vegas, but somehow Brandon Flowers, David Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci managed to meet and, in less than two years, have 11 great songs to their names.

22-year-old frontman Flowers is a former member of a synth outfit who, according to the Killers' bio, "saw that his life needed more guitars", is one of those stars-in-waiting, leading his band through one high drama anthem after another - while making sure the keyboards remain high up in the mix.

The results are too catchy not to wear out but not enough to make anyone look twice at a Miami Vice suit. As for rolling up the sleeves on a jacket, well...

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine - Mr Brightside - Smile Lilke You Mean It - Somebody Told Me - All These Things That I've Done - Andy, You're a Star - On Top - Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll - Believe Me Natalie - Midnight Show - Everything Will Be Alright