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CD Review: The Killers – Hot Fuss

Joshua Lane / / 2 Comments

DISCLAIMER: I’m not really a fan of the recent low-fi (Hives, Strokes, Jet, etc) or emo (Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, etc) movements in music. I’ve tried to enjoy the music and really wish I could like it, but I just don’t.


That’s why it was so strange that I ented up liking, and buying the new CD from “The Killers”, a band that actually falls right in the middle of both musical categories mentioned above. However, to their credit, they are a little different and have a tighter and more impressive sound than I’ve heard from any of those other bands. I think it’s their incorporation of synth-pop elements that give them a distinctive flavor. It also makes them sound a little bit “80’s” at times, but not in a bad way.

The song that got me to purchase the record was “Somebody Told Me” which remains my absolute favorite on the CD. It’s this up-tempo, electronically charged song that has infected my mind to the point where I’m whistling the chorus at work. God I love it. I also really enjoy “Andy, You’re a Star”, “Mr. Brightside” and “Believe Me Natalie”, however, they don’t reach the sheer awesome quality of “Somebody Told Me”. Still, though, an excellent CD all around.

**** (4 stars) / out of 5

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Psoh /

I don’t care for Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, The Strokes, The Hives, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Jet, etc. Sloppy rock isn’t very cool or great, the novelity wore off when White Stripes started to hit big. Since then or a for awhile Alternative radio and big cat record companies are soley going for the retro style thing. The alternative poison isn’t even out of the rock bands of now. I get more annoyed with when folks think this is the king hit.

Joshua Lane /

I don’t care for those bands much either (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs I can tolerate at times), which is why this disc surprised me. I guess it’s because of their tighter, more produced sound (and the occassional synth-pop element) that made me enjoy it. The Killers were just “cleaner” I guess.

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