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Sam's Town
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Spun: The Killers

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Las Vegas is the home of sin, sex and--wait--Mormons? This is the home of the Killers and the place they have recorded their sophomore album Sam's Town. Lead singer Brandon Flowers brought his group home to Las Vegas to make the greatest American record of all time.

He failed.

After their first album rocketed them to fame and hours of radio play, the Killers tried to change. There are no more musings on gender-neutral boyfriends or jealous imaginings. With that said, the album isn't a horrific second offering--it's just not as good as the first.The Killers still manage to include a little bit of their expected catchiness, but the rest shows the Killers as the opposite of the all-American band they want listeners to believe they are.

The album sounds like it was created with the intent of making it sound like a Euro-pop group trying to make American music. As could be expected, the results are confused. The album fits into great American music as well as a Mormon fits into sin city.

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wow, i'm surprised by this album review. maybe the reviewer should give this another listen, i'd consider this as good, or better, than there past effort "hot fuss". it's a different angle for the band but it still is a fantastic album

I agree, the reviewer doesn't appear to have listened to the record or like so many other reivewers have just taken the point of view about what the Killers said they wanted to put into the record, and let that that decide if the actual music was good or not. If you think this is American or not (I'm American -- sounds fine to me but I don't often put tags on my music that way), is irrelevant to the fact that Sam's Town is a solid record, and while it is no Hot Fuss it certainly has better songs or maybe should I just say that I still can listen to Sam's Town after song 5.

hear hear! I agree that the new album is different, but it's decent at the very least, and downright catchy at some of its better moments. Don't playa hate...

Why not evaluate the album on its merits rather than whether it is a "great American rock album"?

I think it's a great album, whether it sounds like Bruce Springsteen or not. Different than Hot Fuss, to be sure, but still an excellent piece of work.

Gang, the Killers' album is only good if you already liked the Killers. I loved Hot Fuss (and I dig Bruce Springsteen), so I was in heaven listening to an album that was equal parts of both. Other folks don't dig either element, so they won't dig the album.

Actually I've heard this album more times than I can count. The store I work in plays it all the time. It's not horrible but after the hype flowers put onto it, it just isn't as good as it could have been.

Bwa hahahahahahahahahaha! Seriously? Hahahahahahahahahahah! Outstanding.