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. ryan
    Dec 28, 2004
    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. carolinar
    Feb 16, 2005
    its an amazing album. each song gets better and better
  3. IvO
    Aug 13, 2006
    great album! can´t wait for the new one!
  4. PaulW
    Aug 8, 2004
    One of my favourite bands this summer, this band will be big, glamorous indie rock n' roll is a fantastic song, shame its not on the american version! Expand
  5. 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
  6. GaryA
    Jun 8, 2005
    Great first half but gets dull towards the end.
  7. mikeb
    Jun 15, 2004
    total talentless sham.

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