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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 77
  2. Negative: 8 out of 77

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  1. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    A very decent follow up to their debut, this has a bigger, grander sound but lacks the hooks and riffs that were ever present throughout The Back Room. It's a progression in the sense that this record aims for a higher return and wider audience while at the same time trying to stay true to their original style.
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Occassionally, the songwriting does contain flashes of thoughtfulness.
  2. An End Has a Start actually sounds like it was crafted as ten quite individual chapters of a long-running saga; surprisingly, though, it ultimately works better than its predecessor as a cohesive, flowing album.
  3. By producing a more polished, more accomplished sheen while The Killers have roughed themselves up and forgotten to shave, the two bands have moved towards a middle ground where they're virtually indistinguishable.