Hot Fuss - The Killers
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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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  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. Hot Fuss is a multi-faceted, consistently interesting and enjoyable synth-rock album with strengths across the songwriting, singing, and playing fields.
  3. 80
    They're not the first--or even the fifteenth--recent band to draw on that era [of the 1980s], but they're among the most assured. [#27, p.138]
  4. Most of Hot Fuss slides by without creating much of a stir, but it's got too many memorable moments to be written off.
  5. 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.
  6. It's hard to deny the sparkle and fade of Depeche Mode beats and the sensual allure of Duran Duran. After 25 years, those sounds still hold up; by 2004, however, it's an incredible task to pull this kind of thing off without selling yourself to the tastes of the masses.
  7. 40
    Modish but strangely clinical. [Aug 2004, p.94]

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  1. Negative: 13 out of 160
  1. Dec 15, 2013
    A classic indie rock album, ''Smile Like You Mean It'' and ''Jenny Was a Friend of Mine'' are the highlights of the album and we can't fail to highlight the gay passion by Brandon in ''Andy You're Star''. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    One of the best albums of the 00's. It is 11 perfect tracks with a completely different style than the horrors of that decade. There are some truly stellar tracks including "Jenny Was A Friend of Mine" and call me crazy but I think that's one of the greatest songs of all time Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    This is the best album I've ever listened too. All the songs are great, can't pick a favorite! The Killers have a lot of talent! 'Midnight Show' is for sure the most underrated song on the album! Expand
  4. j30
    Nov 8, 2011
    A near flawless pop rock album. From the opening bass line of Jenny Was a Friend of Mine you're under the Killers spell and you have no choice, but to dance your ass off. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2012
    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 would highly recommend it to anyone. Expand
  6. May 26, 2012
    I really enjoyed this album, and I think it is the group's second best, behind Day and Age. The majority of the songs on this album can pass as singles, and I really like the amount of energy that this album gives off. It is a very catchy and mostly very upbeat record that anyone can enjoy. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2011
    This is a reasonably good album, I understand that music is just the most subjective thing in the world but damn this album does a lot of things rights. The top 7 tracks are great with 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine', 'Mr. Brightside' and 'Andy, You're A Star' standing out to me. Unfortunately I thought the album really dies off after that, I really only enjoyed "Under The Gun' from there. The thing is, The Killers produce a great sound in 'Hot Fuss' and overall this is a very enjoyable album.â Expand

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