The Killers :: "A Dustland Fairytale" [Live on Letterman]

The second-best song off The Killers' latest LP Day and Age was "Dustland Fairytale." Two nights ago they took the song to Letterman and brought a full orchestra. Rarely, televised music performances take on some element of transcendence. Coldplay can do it. Kanye can do it. The Killers can do it. It takes a sense of the moment. It takes an absurdly over-the-top arrangement. If it all comes off correctly, the band even manages to blow itself away. In the last two minutes, Flowers almost crumples into a ball with how big the music is behind him. The strings churn, the drums are furious - the whole thing explodes. It is a moment that can thankfully be recaptured.

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