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  • 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 (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simpo on 1 Oct 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bee on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Hill on 29 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Brown on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Anybody who thought Hot Fuss couldn't be beaten - think again!!

This album proves The Killers have matured into one of the best bands in the world.

"When you were young" was a great choice for an opening single but it certainly isn't the best song on the album! This, in my opinion is "Read my mind" which proves that the Killers have come of age! Brandon Flowers says that this is the best song that they have ever written - he's not wrong!

Great albums have great tracks throughout - this is one of them. It has singles littered all over. "Read ny Mind" is obvious but "Uncle Jonny" "Bones" and "The River is Wild" will certainly follow!!

Without doubt this is the best album that will be released this year - go and buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hargrave on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Tower on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Once you've bought this album you will need to give it at least three run throughs and after that you'll love every song. Being a fan of the killers for a long time I must say I was disappointed to say the least after the first time I heard the album. But then the second time I realised that I must of been asleep for most of the time I was listening and saw how good it was.... by the third time I was addicted and loved every song and you will too

Different from their first album but keeping that brilliance which is hard to find, it grows on you every minute and won't leave you disappointed and for me as good if not better than Hot Fuss.

Buy This Now! But remember Third times the charm
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