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Album Review

There are so many garage rock/dance-rock tunes perfectly stylized and glamorous for the pop kids in the city and in the suburbs of new-millennium America. What's nice about these the bands producing these songs is how they strive so desperately to individualize themselves. On a commercial level, they do quite well in delivering catchy pop hooks. When it comes to having actual talent, a select few actually do possess attention-worthy integrity. But there are others who don't, and they disappear from the American consciousness after a brief flirtation with success. Such theories, however, are left up to the individual music fan, so let's put that aside for a moment to experience the decadent pop world of the Killers. The Las Vegas foursome introduce a perfectly tailored new wave-induced art rock sound on their debut, Hot Fuss. They wooed MTV audiences and modern rock followers with the success of "Somebody Told Me" during summer 2004. This chunky-riffed single loaded with androgynous mystery and a dalliance with new romantic energy captures the infectious delivery of the Killers as a band. Vocalist/keyboardist Brandon Flowers does his best Simon LeBon imitation; the sex appeal and the boyish charm are perfectly in place as the rest of the band accents his rich, red-hotness just so. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" and "Mr. Brightside" are equally as foxy as the album's first single, affirming that a formula is indeed in motion. It's hard to deny the sparkle of Depeche Mode beats and the sensual allure of Duran Duran. After 25 years, those sounds still hold up; by 2004, however, it's an incredible task to pull this kind of thing off without selling yourself to the tastes of the masses. Interpol and the Walkmen have pulled it off; Franz Ferdinand and Hot Hot Heat have potential. The difference with the Killers is that the dynamic doesn't firmly hold together. The gospel/rock jaunt of "All These Things That I've Done" doesn't quit fit around the Cure-inspired synth reveries of "Everything Will Be Alright" and "Believe Me Natalie." "Midnight Show," as much as it plucks from Duran Duran's "Planet Earth" and "Is There Something I Should Know?," does show promise for the Killers. Hot Fuss came at the right time because the pop kids needed something to savor the summer with, and "Somebody Told Me" served that purpose. Now pull out your Duran Duran records and dance like no one is watching.

Customer Reviews

The Best Album Of 2004- Hands Down!

The Killers are so much different than everyone else out there, like Green Day, Sum 41 & Blink-182. They all have that same hard rock, loud guitar sound to them (i like all of those bands as well!) but with the Killers, their synth-pop sound is blended with "indie rock & roll", and that's what makes them so much different and unique from the other bands, yet they're so much alike. This album is worth your time- Mr. Brightside is one of the best songs out there! Also, the lesser known songs, like On Top, Change Your Mind, Believe Me Natalie & Midnight Show- they all deserve a listen along with their hits, Somebody Told Me & All These Things That I've Done! I love the Killers! ROCK ON!!! <3

Incredible album, best of the year!

This is a really great album. I usually buy cds and just listen to the songs I know from videos or radio, but this one was different. I just let it play in my room and fell in love with every single song. They may have taken influences from other bands, but I think the way that Brandon and the boys have mixed it together is truly original. Now, even 18 months later, Hot Fuss is still my favourite cd!

Better Than Sams Town

The killers hit the heights with there first album HotFuss this album is by far better than Sams Town I fell in love with the killers music ever since I heard Somebody told me they have a great Synth/Pop rock sound going for them if you like bands like The Strokes, The White Stripes, or Mobile than the killers catchy beats will rock you!


Formed: 2002 in Las Vegas, NV

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Few bands in the early 2000s rose so quickly to the forefront of pop music as the Killers. With a mix of '80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band's street-smart debut, Hot Fuss, became one of 2004's biggest releases, spawning four singles and catapulting the group -- particularly their dandyish, 22-year-old frontman, Brandon Flowers -- into the international spotlight. Hot Fuss reveled in the garish glitz of the band's native Las Vegas, spinning tales of androgynous girlfriends and illicit...
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