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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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Mr. Brightside
I'm coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine Gotta, gotta be down because I want it all It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. What's apparent from playing this album is that almost everything they've got is a killer single.
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    The band only falter on Fuss' slower, boring numbers, which consistently lack the zest and vibrancy of their uptempo counterparts. [Jul 2004, p.146]
  4. 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.
  5. Most of Hot Fuss slides by without creating much of a stir, but it's got too many memorable moments to be written off.
  6. Under The Radar
    60
    Shimmery, metallic and fairly unspectacular city boy rock. [#7]
  7. Uncut
    40
    Modish but strangely clinical. [Aug 2004, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 175
  1. ryan
    Dec 28, 2004
    10
    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. brandys
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    it should acually be high votes cause i love the killers exspesually brandon he is soooo hot!! but u r all grate u album rocks!!!!!!!!!!
  3. AnnM.
    Sep 12, 2008
    10
    The best album in a long long time, in fact, the only band that has got me completely hooked.
  4. PaulW
    Aug 8, 2004
    9
    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 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. Apr 28, 2017
    9
    A perfect example of how professional music reviews are absolute garbage and completely useless. Pop music is mostly shallow, repetitiveA perfect example of how professional music reviews are absolute garbage and completely useless. Pop music is mostly shallow, repetitive dribble that has its few months of popularity and then fades, but this album has serious staying power. Not only that, it's analogous to the time period, its become a nostalgic collection of anthems. Is it groundbreaking? No, but its a great album that has stood the test of time. While Critics praised whatever flavor of the month fluff and were lukewarm on this, when people decades from now look at music from the early 2000's, this will be one of the landmark albums. Go to a bar with live music, when they play the Killers, everyone sings along, this was the album of a generation. Expand
  6. GaryA
    Jun 8, 2005
    8
    Great first half but gets dull towards the end.
  7. mikeb
    Jun 15, 2004
    0
    total talentless sham.

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