I know a lot of people here will hate their entire recorded output but for those who think that they made two excellent albums (I reckon I'll be alone on this one) then tonight's performance really outlined something worrying: the quality gap between Day & Age and the first two records couldn't be more evident.
Human was lifeless. The World We Live In was quite a bit better, but when they kicked into Mr. Brightside it was something entirely different - the whole band through themselves into it, but none more so than Flowers who commanded the crowd like an absolute pro - a live middle-class middle-aged TV audience visibly on their feet, singing along and dancing around - and even the first 45 seconds of When We Were Young were strong before time ran out.
I dunno, however people look at them they are staggeringly big globally it's on their shoulders where they go with the fourth album: Day & Age might be weak compared to Hot Fuss & Sam's Town (again, I back that they are flawed but utterly amazing pop records) but it's still selling strong, close to 3 million now. I hope they regain form and keep on for a long time, they're in the history books as far as the 00s go and time will tell whether they become the new U2.