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  • Summary: 'Hot Fuss' marks the debut for the Las Vegas-based garage rockers led by 22-year old vocalist/songwriter Brandon Flowers.

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Mr. Brightside
I'm coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine Gotta, gotta be down because I want it all It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
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  1. The Killers sound like a delicious puree of Blur, Pulp and the Cure, loading Hot Fuss with stylish synth-pop effects and big blazing choruses.
  2. What's apparent from playing this album is that almost everything they've got is a killer single.
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    The band only falter on Fuss' slower, boring numbers, which consistently lack the zest and vibrancy of their uptempo counterparts. [Jul 2004, p.146]
  4. Brandon Flowers has a horrible, honking seal bark of a voice.... Faced with this significant disadvantage, The Killers have cannily crafted a wall-of-sound songwriting style so bombastic it almost suits Flowers' sledgehammer vocals.
  5. Most of Hot Fuss slides by without creating much of a stir, but it's got too many memorable moments to be written off.
  6. Under The Radar
    60
    Shimmery, metallic and fairly unspectacular city boy rock. [#7]
  7. Uncut
    40
    Modish but strangely clinical. [Aug 2004, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 170
  1. ryan
    Dec 28, 2004
    10
    i love the killers!! this is one of the best albums i've ever heard! they have a lot of talent. every song is incredible!!
  2. ashley
    Feb 21, 2005
    10
    this cd rox!!!! I encourage everyone to by it!!!!
  3. PaulB
    May 14, 2007
    10
    It's all a matter of taste, but Hot Fuss and Sam's Town were the first and only full albums I downloaded on my new MP3 player, so It's all a matter of taste, but Hot Fuss and Sam's Town were the first and only full albums I downloaded on my new MP3 player, so that means I love'em!! Sure they may be a bit overdone, but everything is so well placed! They make me move and smile, and when I play them loud, my whole household's mood lifts. They're doing their job in that respect. Expand
  4. FoolyCoolyFan520
    Jul 23, 2004
    9
    Normally I would give this album an 8 but everyone is bringing it down. Ithought this was a great cd. If you like Franz (it's pronounced Normally I would give this album an 8 but everyone is bringing it down. Ithought this was a great cd. If you like Franz (it's pronounced frans not fer-an-s) Ferdinad or Stellastarr*, youll'really dig it. Great mix of trans, techno, altrock and power punk. My fav song has to be Mr. Bright side. I wouldn't recamend this to generic LP people but it sort of reminded me of the Darkness. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2012
    9
    Just a great album! It's definitely my favorite Killers album. It has great songs that are great to listen to over and over again. I wouldJust a great album! It's definitely my favorite Killers album. It has great songs that are great to listen to over and over again. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Expand
  6. LouiseB
    Apr 11, 2005
    8
    This is a good album from the killers but it does get a little (and i mean only a little) boring as it gets towards the end
  7. mikeb
    Jun 15, 2004
    0
    total talentless sham.

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