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Killers, The - Hot Fuss
Label: Island Records
Release: 2004

1. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
2. Mr. Brightside
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. Somebody Told Me
5. All These Things That I've Done
6. Andy, You're A Star
7. On Top
8. Change Your Mind
9. Believe Me Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything Will Be Alright

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Who ever said the old and new can't blend in seemingly? Some bands such as the Darkness and Interpol sound almost exclusively like they were from another time and that seems to be the whole idea of it. The Killers also have this trend, although they allow tons of hints of 80s new wave in their songs, there is no mistaking that they are from any other time than right now. The production and the song arrangements on this album are wonderful. The power behind some of these songs, especially "on top" "somebody told me" and "jenny was a friend of mine" are something you don't hear often, and they all have that little slice of life from the generation past that seems to be emulated almost constantly by bands nowadays. The only songs I can think of that don't really do anything for me on this album are "Andy, You're a Star" and "Believe Me, Natalie", which both just seem a little watered down and have scattered points that try to keep you interested in the song. Although, what is strong and good on this album more than makes up for what isn't, and the fact that the boys in this band are all under the age of 23 and can come up with some compelling lyrics and musical structures is also worth a gander.

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I am having a terrible time justifying to myself why I like this album so much. Brandon Flowers’ adequate voice cannot hold more than about 4 notes. There are way too many tracks invoking flaky-sounding hipsters who may or may not be superstars or alternatively, may or may not be dead.

But I can’t get the damn thing out of my head.

I like Hot Fuss for more than the fact that it happens to be sandwiched between Hole and The Kills at the office. The opener “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” immediately grabs your ear with Mark Stoermer’s melodic and distinct bass work high up on the fretboard, consistently infusing the album with a sense of exuberance. and is quickly joined by Flowers' simple but effective synth work.

It’s funny how the tracks that first grab you can become the most tedious – “All These Things That I’ve Done” stood out for me at first but has since given way (perhaps thanks to the gospel choir and scarily obvious chorus) to sticking “Change Your Mind” and “Believe Me Natalie” on endless repeat, which has probably skewed my beyond repair.

And then there’s “Somebody Told Me,” the gender-bending piece of ear candy that has always made me want to get off my lazy ass and dance along. I plan to make a very entertaining evening in a karaoke bar with this.

Upon repeated listens in the car stereo, the album falters in the slower songs, where Flowers’ effects-laden vocals veer painfully off key at times. I’m still singing along. The closing track “Everything Will Be Alright” steals a line from the Cure and breaks down rather enjoyably into the second side of Abbey Road, but I can’t help but believe the guy.

Hot Fuss is an entertaining antidote to an increasingly polarized definition of “alternative.” The Killers are not the saviours of rock and roll, but they’re a hell of a lot of fun.

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