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Killers, The - 2006 Sam's Town

ARTIST: Killers, The
ALBUM: Sam's Town
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: B0007221-02
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Brandon Flowers - lead vocals, keyboards * Dave Keuning - guitar, backing vocals * Mark Stoermer - bass, backing vocals * Ronnie Vannucci - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sam's Town * 02 Enterlude * 03 When You Were Young * 04 Bling Confessions Of A King * 05 For Reasons Unknown * 06 Read My Mind * 07 Uncle Johnny * 08 Bones * 09 My List * 10 This River Is Wild * 11 Why Do I Keep Counting * 12 Exitlude * 13 Where The White Boys Dance [bonus] * 14 All The Pretty Face [bonus]



I was intrigued by EnglandAshes review of The Killers 2009 album some time back. A band with a hint of New England in the mix was enough to get my interest up. Reyno also mentioned this album 'Sam's Town' as being their best so far. It was enough to take a chance and review this, and considering we haven't reviewed a 2006 album in ages, what better place to start. Just to recap, though these guys have a THE in their name, and might be considered to be a British band, they are in fact American. So let's take a listen.

The Songs
The intro title track 'Sam's Town' begins with a sweeping entrance. It has a grandiose nature about it, and changes shape throughout its run-time. Skipping through the short and brief 'Enterlude', The Killers dip into their stock and trade style with 'When You Were Young', which is great listen, probably one of the picks of the CD. I also enjoyed the expansive 'Bling Confessions Of A King' which shifted all over the soundscape, but still compelling nonetheless. 'Read My Mind' is another album favourite; very melodic with some neat passages within. 'Uncle Johnny' sees a harder more sonic version of the band in operation, but for melodic rock fans, the keyboard laden 'Bones' will surely have a greater attraction, so too its bouncy disposition. There's a slow build-up to 'Why Do I Keep Counting', eventually coming to life on the chorus.

In Summary
The Killers have the same sort of appeal to me that Finnish rockers Poets Of The Fall did back during the late noughties. For an American band they do straddle the fence between US and British influences, and are often compared with bands like the Arctic Monkeys and U2, though really, you could cast the net far and wide for soundalike comparisons. They do enough to stretch their appeal into numerous sub-genre's of rock, including melodic rock, as evidenced by their profile on Rate Your Music, and as a result, that is why you see two of their albums reviewed at GDM.

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