Killer Sounds - Hard-Fi
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    A constantly and unexpectedly thrilling comeback from a resurgent band who have upped their game when it matters the most.
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Their third album has less of a home-produced feel though offers the same mainstream mash-up of indie-pop and dance, the beats and synth lines slightly more souped up.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Killer Sounds is certainly flawed, but has an awkward yet indefatigable charm.
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    60
    Killer Sounds is as assured as third albums should be, and were it a debut album it would be feted as a bright start. However, there is the sense we should be expecting more from Hard-Fi at this point, as the sporadic sparks of brilliance here demonstrate they are capable of it.
  5. 60
    Killer Sounds gets away with its confused billing because Hard-Fi have always known instinctively how to navigate their way around a chorus. That skill set survives here in big, stupid bloody pop songs.
  6. Sep 15, 2011
    50
    Just as the Arctic Monkeys do not belong in the American desert, Hard-Fi has little to no place at a London rave. It is such a waste really, since the catchy songwriting nous that still makes Killer Sounds bearable, is also why it is such a disappointment.
  7. Sep 15, 2011
    20
    Set against jarring synths, the macho, sexualised lyrics sound seedy--or worse, menacing--and what prosaic hooks exist are obscured by the dirge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Apr 16, 2012
    10
    The whole album is absolutely over-the-top, which is probably what I love about it. It is my most listened to album ever on my iTunes (and I listen to a lot of music), which is enough praise in itself. You can hardly stop to take a breath as they bang out massive tunes like the epic dance number 'FIre In The House', the bonkers citar-infused 'Feels Good' and the sensual, heavily-synthed 'Sweat'. 'Love Song' sounds like it could top the charts, given the chance. The only dip in quality is the title track at the end, but it's still hard not to listen to it. It's a shame this album didn't do as well as their debut, but I hope all the fans recognise the quality of this record and continue to support Hard-Fi because if they continue making high quality music like this they can hopefully end the undeserved dip in their career. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2012
    7
    An album that offers listeners the perfect blend of rock and electronica. It has hooks at ever turn, fresh melody's and fun sounds throughout. A great album, Expand