The Killers aim for “grown-up,” “personal” album with “Wonderful Wonderful”

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen their new album Wonderful Wonderful arrives this fall, The Killers will be five years older than the last time they released a record. In that half-decade, Brandon Flowers and company realized they wanted to a make a more “grown-up” follow-up to 2012’s Battle Born.

“I talked to [producer Jacknife Lee] about wanting to make a more grown-up record,” Flowers tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a scary word to say ‘adult,’ so we say ‘grown-up.'”

Part of that meant crafting a more personal album, a goal that Flowers took seriously. Lead single “The Man” finds the 36-year-old frontman critiquing his behavior as a 21-year-old, while the track “Some Kind of Love” is a song of support for his wife, who struggles with PTSD.

“It’s really emotional,” Flowers says of “Some Kind of Love.” “I played that for her, and she just sobbed.”

The personal nature of Wonderful Wonderful was, naturally, informed by the people in Flowers’ personal life, especially his children.

“The thing that keeps me honest is my kids,” he says. “They’re gonna have to face what I’m putting out one day, and I want them to be proud. I also want to be able to walk into a restaurant with my head held high.”

Wonderful Wonderful will be released September 22.

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