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The Killers - Sam's Town

The Killers, Sam's Town

Liam Kapota

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

NME Magazines ‘Best International Band of 2005’ are back with their new album Sam’s Town, featuring the much-loved When You Were Young which reached No.2 in the UK Charts.

The album takes its name from a hotel-casino in Las Vegas, the hometown of the band, called Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall.

But while they’ve certainly gambled themselves by tinkering with the style of their debut Hot Fuss, it struggles to top its predecessor in many ways.

Much of Sam’s Town is based on British influences that stem from the band’s admiration for David Bowie, Morrissey, Queen and Saves The Day.

But while this can often be heard (much like the first album) it also draws on the work of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and, most notably, Bruce Springsteen.

Some critics (such as Rolling Stone Magazine) have already accused The Killers of trying to be too much like The Boss and that “they seem like they’re trying to make a big statement, except they have nothing to say”.

But I believe they do have something to say and simply don’t care how their music is perceived, or whether one journalist has had enough. They’ll continue to make their music and continue to be successful – with or without good reviews!

Whether it will be perceived, as Brandon states in the October edition of Giant magazine, “one of the best albums in the past 20 years”, or “the album that keeps rock & roll afloat” (Entertainment Weekly) is open to debate.

But it’s still very well produced and boasts some excellent tracks.

Forthcoming single Bones is, in my opinion, the best track and fans of Tim Burton are in for a treat as they’ve recently announced him as the director of the accompanying video. It will also feature clips from Burton’s films.

Track listing:

  1. Sam’s Town
  2. Enterlude
  3. When You Were Young
  4. Bling (Confession Of A King)
  5. For Reasons Unknown
  6. Read My Mind
  7. Uncle Jonny
  8. Bones
  9. My List
  10. This River Is Wild
  11. Why Do I Keep Counting
  12. Exitlude
    Bonus Track
  13. Where The White Boys Dance