Sam's Town - The Killers
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  • Summary: Flood and Alan Moulder handled production for the popular Las Vegas band's second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Crucially, Sam's Town sounds like a complete collection, with a far better strike rate than its predecessor.
  2. But even if the music doesn't really work, it's hard not to listen to it in slack-jawed wonderment, since there's never been a record quite like it -- it's nothing but wrong-headed dreams, it's all pomp but no glamour, it's clichés sung as if they were myths.
  3. An album considerably richer than "Hot Fuss" and far more worthy of mainstream hugeness.
  4. Loose, sloppy playing and power hooks.
  5. The Killers album is, whisper it, pretty good in places.
  6. Whatever Sam’s Town’s scant merits, the album reminds artists to be more careful about their role models—and to avoid Bono’s phone calls.
  7. Sam’s Town is so riddled with hackneyed clichés, pandering melodrama, and lazy songwriting, that we keep wondering just what gimmick Flowers will thrust upon us next in a desperate effort to hold our attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 177
  1. Marc
    Oct 4, 2006
    Dangerous departure from the first album. But they succeedded in making something more lasting and rewarding for listeners who get it. It has a kind of urgency, that makes it sound like they are playing for their lives, like Flowers voice that sounds like it's just one high note away from breaking. It's heartfelt and more honest than the first album. Less posturing, more music. Expand
  2. sindym
    Feb 10, 2007
    I love this album, but it take a couple of listens before individual songs stood out to me. I loved hot fuss and i feel a little sad that they have left that part of their lives behind. I love both albums, but they sound like two different bands. My two favourite bands. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2010
    Great follow up too the great Hot Fuss , The Killers certainly dont do things by halfs and the ambition and passion of this album is infectious , my favourite tracks are Bling and This River is Wild the Enterlude / Exitlude are a really nice touch and overall this album feels like a journey rather than just a series of (very good) songs with a common theme like Hot Fuss Expand
  4. DukeC
    Oct 2, 2006
    At first I didn't believe that this album was as good as Hot Fuss. But after about six-seven listens, I now believe think that it is better than Hot Fuss. The only weak songs on the album are "Why Do I Keep Counting" and "Uncle Johnny"; both seem uninspired. Expand
  5. ccguy
    Oct 26, 2006
    Although their musical style has gone through a makeover along with their appearance, The Killers have kept the lure and grandeur of Hot Fuss while creating wonderful dance rock songs that sell. Most of the tunes on this album are exceptional, catchy, and attractive to listen too. This time around, though, the songs are more arena rock friendly and easier to listen too. Expand
  6. JoeW
    Oct 4, 2006
    pretty good all in all, takes a while to get into but after about the third listen you know all the songs and all the hooks. However the ending is pretty poor and that is why i am only giving it a 7 Expand
  7. jimh
    Oct 5, 2006
    no me gusta

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