Hot Fuss

Hot Fuss

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by The Killers

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Getting back to your roots can mean different things to different people, as borne out by the major-label debut from this Las Vegas quartet, which takes its cues not from bare-bones garage-rock and R&B but from the go-for-baroque grandiosity of new wave forefathers like the Cure and the Smiths. The band are at their best


Getting back to your roots can mean different things to different people, as borne out by the major-label debut from this Las Vegas quartet, which takes its cues not from bare-bones garage-rock and R&B but from the go-for-baroque grandiosity of new wave forefathers like the Cure and the Smiths. The band are at their best when singer Brandon Flowers -- who's possessed of one of those unschooled yelps that draws listeners in with dog-whistle intensity -- cuts loose and wails unabashedly, as he does on the pulsing "Somebody Told Me." The Killers manage to keep one foot in anthemic chiming-guitar territory, marching along with near-U2 fervor on "All the Things That I've Done," and the other in the more shadowy realm of synth snakiness, as on the icy "On Top." Flowers is shamelessly decadent in his tastes -- not all that surprising, given a Sin City upbringing -- but also has a knack for exploring a debauched form of sentimentality, which he does on the post-breakup paean "Mr. Brightside." While the band make no claims to wheel reinvention -- they happily admit to copping their name from a New Order video -- there's little doubt that they're sincere in re-creating a vibe that's surprisingly fresh after all these years.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
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
ock 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.
Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
1/2 This album is all Killers, no fillers.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Killers   Primary Artist
Brandon Flowers   Synthesizer,Vocals
David Keuning   Guitar
Mark Stoermer   Bass
Ronnie Vannucci   Drums
Dave Kuening   Guitar

Technical Credits

Louis Marino   Art Direction
Tony Vanias   Engineer
Killers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brandon Flowers   Composer,Producer
David Keuning   Composer
Mark Stoermer   Composer
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer
Corlene Byrd   Engineer
Seth Golbfarb   Cover Photo
Paul Resta   Marketing
Jeffrey Saltzman   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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Hot Fuss 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
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Barnes and Noble forgot to add David Kuening..... he plays guitarand group member
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a very well written album. The song Mr. Brightside is the highlight of the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes, this is a good cd. i first saw/heard them on fuse. they have a kinda upbeat 80s vibe or something, kinda hard to explain. my favorite song is "mr brightside". its kinda heartfelt/emo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is awesome! I totally recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very very awesome debut album. All the tracks are enjoyable, i first heard them on music choice.. anyhow, i highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the freakin CD and i was so excited cuz i love that song "Somebody told me" and i thought they were soo good when i heard that song but i was disappointed becuz they only have 2 good songs on their album!! all the other songs are not so good.. the lyrics are kind of stupid. really... "mr brightside" and "somebody told me" is really the only 2 good songs.. other songs are pretty dumb... but u know u should still get the cd cuz of number 2, and 4. pretty tight, pretty tight..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great. That would be in part because it is so different. This band has a type of 80's sound too it and some of the tracks could remind of you of the beatles. I highly recommend it for someone wanting something different and refreshing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You should buy this album! It's hella tight!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs sound like #1 hits!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't usually buy CD's of this type of music, but when I first heard Somebody Told Me I was hooked! Great bad with some great songs that I most likely never tire of. I've been introduced to a new style of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bit of a mellow album, but rock-worthy most definitely! Look forward to more from The Killers. Keep 'em comin'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW. I heard Somebody Told Me while watching a local music channel. I thought it was fun and loved their style. When I finally bought this CD I was blown away. This is one of the best albums I've heard in a while. I can literally play this one from start to end and really enjoy it. They have great bass lines and they're just awesome to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard The Killers' "Somebody Told Me" on XM Radio, I thought it was simply a silly joke pretending to sound like music. But then, as it was played over and over, it began to grow on me. So I bought the CD, and I was totally amazed by it! EVERY SINGLE SONG on this CD is great! I've had it for months, and I never get tired of it! "Jenny Was A Friend of Mine" would make the best concert opener's brilliant! Other favorites include the sweet "Mr. Brightside", the soothing "Andy, You're A Star" and the smoothly driven "Midnight Show." This is a CD you won't regret buying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this cd would be that great when I bought it, but this is by far the best cd I've bought this year. My favorite songs on the album are Mr. Brightside, Smile Like You Mean It, Somebody Told Me, All These Things That I've Done, and Andy You're A Star. If you like great music, buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bought the album just to hear "somebody told me" cuz thats my fvorite song ,but i realized how good the whole ablun is .i 've hever heard anything like it . th killers diserve every award ther nominated for .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hot Fuss is an amazing non-stop ride thorough retro keyboards and remarkable lyrics. The killers definitely know how to make an entrance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Killers are so awesome. Im glad I bought the album. They were great on 'The OC'. But I'm proud to think of myself as one who knew them before 'The OC' sucess. Some of my favorites are "Mr. Brightside", "Smile Like You Mean It" and "Somebody Told Me", but every song in this album is worth listening to.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutly the best cd, whether you like rock, alternative, new wave, or indie, this is definatly the cd of the millenium. Gotta buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, I got The Killers CD after hearing their 2 hit singles, "Somebody Told Me" and "Mr. Brightside". Once I got it and listened to it all the way through, I loved it! I love their alternative, electronic sound (it makes them different; you don't hear that much in bands) and their just... good!!! So, if you have heard their singles and liked 'em, or just have an open-mind to music, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET THIS CD: YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! (I sure wasn't.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like interpol, this band has so many splashes of the cure in it's music and vocals it's hard not to criticise it's originality but it's still one damn good album. The lyrics are a bit iffy and the whole guy singing about girls and heartbreak gets a bit tedious, but the music makes up for it. Not original but a great change! Gets better every listen too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Killers are the greatest band in the entire universe! No band is better, my favorite songs on the cd are...well...all of them! If you haven't heard them then you are really missing out on the best thing ever! the best song in the world is Mr. Brightside! ROCK ON!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the killers. when i first heard "somebody told me" i instantly adored it, i wasn't as crazy about the other songs at the time but i got the cd anyways and i love them and all the tracks. my favorite is "andy your the star". all the songs are awesome, and if you don't like one of them, it eventually grows on you.