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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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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.
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...Read more ›
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.
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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I like all Killers music so adding to my collection with this onePublished 1 month ago by MRS JEAN M BAKER
One of the many things I love about The Killers is that each album is unique and indie. They don't recycle their sounds, but create fresh, yet amazing new cadences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L W
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