Sam's Town

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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 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Crucially, Sam's Town sounds like a complete collection, with a far better strike rate than its predecessor.
  2. "Sam's Town" is a sophisticated sonic metropolis.
  3. Sam's Town works well as a cohesive album, despite its delusions of grandeur.
  4. The Killers album is, whisper it, pretty good in places.
  5. 60
    The problem... is that size seems to be used as an excuse for the lack of musical ideas. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  6. Ultimately, they don't come across as unbearably pretentious so much as just really, really misguided.
  7. Of course it is good to be ambitious. Of course the Killers needed to update their sound, given that the 80’s revival is fading away. But their new bombast is a classic case of a young band overreaching to assert its Significance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 177
  1. Marc
    Oct 4, 2006
    10
    Dangerous departure from the first album. But they succeedded in making something more lasting and rewarding for listeners who get it. It has 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
    10
    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 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
    10
    Great follow up too the great Hot Fuss , The Killers certainly dont do things by halfs and the ambition and passion of this album isGreat 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    Although their musical style has gone through a makeover along with their appearance, The Killers have kept the lure and grandeur of Hot Fuss 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
    7
    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 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
    0
    no me gusta

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