Sam's Town

  • Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2006
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic 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. Mojo
    80
    An action-packed blockbuster. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  3. The album doesn't lend Flowers the gravitas he apparently yearns for, but it does prove that few are better at irrepressible pop hooks and fist-pumping choruses.
  4. "Sam's Town" is a sophisticated sonic metropolis.
  5. The Killers are still as flashy, unintentionally funny, and flagrantly affected as ever.
  6. 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 clich├ęs sung as if they were myths.
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    A much better record than its predecessor. [Oct 2006, p.112]
  8. Sam's Town works well as a cohesive album, despite its delusions of grandeur.
  9. An album considerably richer than "Hot Fuss" and far more worthy of mainstream hugeness.
  10. The highs aren't as high on "Sam's Town," but it's a better album overall.
  11. Taken as a body of work it is certainly more consistent than Hot Fuss.
  12. With those sharp synth lines, and an interesting sense of melody, the Killers have made a good album.
  13. Those who don't enter Sam's Town with inflated expectations will find it's a pretty fun place to spend some time.
  14. The Killers overextend themselves grabbing for the heartland's heartstrings.
  15. Filter
    62
    Flowers would do better to leave the theatrics back at Caesar's Palace. [#22, p.96]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 292 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 177
  1. 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 Full Review »
  2. PC
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    I must admit, when I first listened to this album I thought it was utter crap. It was too loud and sounded like they were trying so hard to I must admit, when I first listened to this album I thought it was utter crap. It was too loud and sounded like they were trying so hard to be great that they crammed everything they counld into these tracks. And then somewhere along listening to the album all the different melodies and sounds seperated into something I could actually listen to. To be honest, I dont really like any recent ablums, I'm more of a classic rock guy listening to artsits like ELP, Yes, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. This album echoes the sounds of those great bands that today's young have forgotten about. How many people today know that Meatloaf was something other than a food? Sam's Town is a very musically complicated disc. It takes many listens to actually see some of the brilliance behind some of the tracks. It just takes some time to see that brilliance, something critics dont have time to do. Hence the bad reviews Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2013
    8
    Definitely the most underrated Killers album to date. When people think back to this album many will only remember the single "When You WereDefinitely the most underrated Killers album to date. When people think back to this album many will only remember the single "When You Were Young", but songs like "For Reasons Unknown" and "Bones" suggest that this album is much more full than you remembered. Full Review »