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Retro Album of the year,
This review is from: Hot Fuss (Audio CD)
The Killers are the oddest of bands. They hail from Vegas, they have anglophile tendencies and sound like all the best 80s bands rolled into one. Thanks to some amazing live shows, this album has become one of the most eagerly awaited debuts in recent memories.
And rightly so. Bass heavy 'Jenny was a Friend of Mine' borrows considerably from Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes' and forms part of a trilogy (along with 'Midnight Show' and an as yet unreleased track) about the murder of a girl by her jealous ex. Compelling stuff, and a great opener to the album.
The two singles, 'Mr Brightside' and 'Somebody Told Me' (again seemingly about jealous lovers) sound even better when complemented by the rest of the album than they do in isolation.
'All These Things That I've Done' is surprisingly uplifting, with its gospel chant of 'I've got soul but I'm not a soldier' and echoes of Suede's 'New Generation' and is probably the stand out track on the album.
The irony-free 'Glamourous Indie Rock n Roll' sounds mawkish at first, but after repeated listens show singer Brandon Flowers' words to be entirely sincere - something other bands in the 21st century (hello the Strokes) have struggled to do.
It does all end on a bit of a whimper though, 'Everything Will be OK' fizzling out where the singe preceding it have shined like supernova. Still, you'll struggle to find another album this year which melds Duran Duran, New Order and Oasis quite so effectively.