Expect lots of smoke and maybe even a few mirrors when The Killers take the stage this weekend in Atlantic City.
The Las Vegas-based alternative rock group, which performs on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, has stocked its show with "enough explosive pyro and wildly swirling lights to give their hometown Strip a run for its flash," according to Star Tribune critic Chris Riemenschneider.
However, there's more to the Killers, touring behind last year's "Battle Born" (Vertigo Records), than the crackle and pop of its stage theatrics.
The band more than held its own musically during a late June performance at London's Wembley Stadium, Chris Mugan of the Independent writes.
"An indefatigable dance-music pulse runs from a pulsing 'Miss Atomic Bomb' through the eccentric 'Human' to an exuberant 'Somebody Told Me,'" Mugan writes. "Elsewhere, the road-movie operatics come good on an explosive 'A Dustland Fairytale.'"
Fronted by the charismatic Brandon Flowers, the four-piece outfit has made a name for itself over the past decade for its brand of synth-infused, radio-friendly pop rock.
The Killers have released four studio albums and a live record, scoring hits with tracks such as "Mr. Brightside," "When You Were Young," "Human" and "Read My Mind."
At the center of the proceedings in full rock-star mode (and black leather jacket) is the band's lead singer, Riemenschneider writes of The Killers' Aug. 1 summer tour kickoff in St. Paul, Minn.
"Flowers also seemed to be physically imitating the singers he was so obviously channeling vocally in certain songs, be it Bono's dramatic gestures in 'Spaceman' or Springsteen's crowd-rousing tactics in 'Runaways,'" Riemenschneider writes.
"Thank God he didn't copy Ian Curtis' dance moves in the coolly burning cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay.'"
While being flashy seems to be ingrained in these Killers, the band also knows when to tone it down for maximum effect.
At the St. Paul show, the group kept the house lights on during its opener, "Mr. Brightside" from its debut album, "Hot Fuss," prompting the audience to launch into an impromptu singalong, Riemenschneider writes.
The Killers also took a "less is more" approach to its rendition of "Human" and the set's final track.
Of the latter, Riemenschneider writes:
"The pre-encore finale 'All These Things That I've Done' didn't offer much in the way of visual glitz - and didn't need to, especially in the latter case when the crowd lighting up to sing the 'I got soul, but I'm not a soldier' refrain.
"Now that's a classic song."