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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000HDR9NG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sam's Town
  2. Enterlude
  3. When You Were Young
  4. Bling (Confession Of A King)
  5. For Reasons Unknown
  6. Read My Mind
  7. Uncle Jonny
  8. Bones
  9. My List
  10. This River Is Wild
  11. Why Do I Keep Counting?
  12. Exitlude
  13. Where The White Boys Dance

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Sam's Town is a tremendous departure for the Killers. Whereas their first album, Hot Fuss, was the work of Anglophiles trying to sound like their musical heroes, particularly Pulp and the Smiths, their second album has set its sights much higher. The Killers are clearly not content with their indie-rock status; from the explosive introduction of the title track, Sam's Town sounds huge. But, thanks to the earnest vocals of frontman Brandon Flowers, and lyrics still rooted very much in the real world, Sam's Town still manages to sound completely heartfelt and honest. In that respect, the Killers show themselves as potential heirs to U2, with an album packed with soaring guitars and driving basslines. First single, "When You Were Young", is a fist-pumping anthem that has all the catchy bombast of Bruce Springsteen's 1980's commercial heydey. Best of all though is "Bones", a song whose crooning chorus and bright horn breaks could only have come from the Killers' hometown of Las Vegas. Hot Fuss may have launched the Killers onto the global stage, but Sam's Town looks set to launch them into orbit. --Ted Kord

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Format: Audio CD
Not sure what Nigel Wilson's on about, but this HAS to have 5 stars. Not quite sure about the influences that the Amazon writers level at the guys either. The Killers are CLEARLY influenced by The Cure more so than any other band that they are mentioned in the same breath as, although I have to agree that the U2 comparison with Sam's Town sits well.

OK, the album. Opens with Sam's Town ,which should be familiar to fans on Hot Fuss, great guitar and vocal melodies. Enterude leads really well into When You Were Young, a classic Killers song that could easily have been included on Hot Fuss without the apparent detachment from the last album. From here we move through Bling and into For Reasons Unknown, which I think is form where the simliarities with U2 stem.

The other tracks cross from one to the other with an ease that makes the listening experience PASSIONATE. No highlights. Every track is fantastic. Really fantastic. Love it or Love it, there's no choice.
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I'd been waiting for the follow up to Hot Fuss and was worried that it would prove the 'difficult second album' and disappoint me. Thankfully I was wrong and I think this is a better album than the first. The band sound confident in their sound and Brandon's voice is as charismatic and unique as ever. Bones and Can You read my mind stand out as the best tracks to me (after 2 days listening!) but there is not really a weak track on the album. Highly recommended
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OK, so truth be told it took me a long time to come round to Hot Fuss - the New Wave look and heavy synth-pop sound was a little hard to swallow for someone who hated it all the first time around. Still, Mr. Brightside was clearly an amazing single and I found myself listening to the rest of the album without really meaning to. It ended up being one of those go-to albums, that you automatically put on when you can't think what to listen to. A great album, no doubt, even if it took me a while to realise it.

No such problems here. I loved Sam's Town from the first minute I pressed play on my CD player, and even though I've listened to pretty much nothing else for the last week or so, all I'm finding are new things to enjoy. Now, a word of caution at this point - The Killers are going to take a lot of abuse for this one from some critics, and probably some of their own fans (check the Rolling Stone review for a predictable example of the former) because the one thing Sam's Town is not, is Hot Fuss Vol. II.

The 80s influenced melodrama-pop is pretty much entirely absent, except for a in few bars of Bling and Read My Mind - what they have done instead is embrace the American musical heritage of Springsteen and Neil Young (and even, in a couple of places, the kings of the desert, QOTSA), amped up their choruses and unleashed an album full of soaring anthems, about highways and hurricanes, cocaine and casinos and girls with pretty names - and for me, it's wonderful. And I'm sure I won't be the only one who thinks so. I defy anyone to listen to Bling (even though it has a genuinely awful title), Bones or the jaw-dropping This River Is Wild without feeling your heart surge against your chest like it did the first time you heard Born To Run...
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Format: Audio CD
Having loved "Hot fuss" when it first came out i was defo looking forward to this the second album.
After hearing "when we were young" on the radio i thought the rest of the album would be quite similar.how wrong was i,even though the killers are a great band and feel sure they will be around a lot longer to make even better albums,this one is a poor let down.
The problem i have is that for most of this album they seem to have introduced a horn sax/trombone section which is very evident accross most of their songs especially in Bones,Bling & this river is wild.This what makes this album very different to the last!
however there are some excellent tracks like "Read my mind", "My list" (slow pulsating track that grows on you and very different to other tracks on the album), "when we were young" and "reasons unknown", are my favourites but i am afraid this isn't as good as the excellent and rawness of "Hot fuss" where every track was sheer brilliance!

If your fan get it anyway as it is much cheaper now but expect no "hot fuss"

ON 1-5-15 ~~UPDATE:
Have to say after a couple of Killer albums since this one I find this one now looking back so much better than I originally thought, it is probably the 2nd best Killers album, the trend is that from each one after each album release have not as been as good as the previous one.
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After an amazing first album, the second doesn't just equal it, it betters it. Some of the tracks on "Sam's Town" will be remebered forever, most evedently "bones", which is, i have to say, the best song i've heard in a long time.

The lyrics on the album are, like the last album, amazing, and the ones on "when you were young" are the best of the last two albums.

Song 2 and 12 are in a sense strange, but musically very good, with lovely piano playing in both.

If you get an album which has the bonus track "where white boys dance", you're very lucky. The song is a master-piece and i love it.

Overall, the album is well worth its (enter price here) and a must for everyone.
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