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Sam's Town

Sam's Town

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by The Killers

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When last heard from, the Killers were in full glam mode -- a perfect encapsulation of the shinier aspects of their Las Vegas hometown. Well, Brandon Flowers and company have honed in on the flip side, the dustier corners of Americana that lay outside the glow of the Strip's neon maze. The band frame Sam's Town with a pair of carny-styled snippets -- "Enterlude


When last heard from, the Killers were in full glam mode -- a perfect encapsulation of the shinier aspects of their Las Vegas hometown. Well, Brandon Flowers and company have honed in on the flip side, the dustier corners of Americana that lay outside the glow of the Strip's neon maze. The band frame Sam's Town with a pair of carny-styled snippets -- "Enterlude" and "Exitlude" -- that lend a conceptual quality to the disc, something that Flowers does his best to maintain through a set of lyrics that depict folks desperate to get into (or out of) the so-called promised land. He captures it most succinctly on "When You Were Young," a sweeping mid-tempo rocker that walks in the footsteps of Springsteen and Mellencamp but manages to leave its own mark on the landscape via an indelible melody. While that song is open-ended enough to offer hope of a light at the end of the tunnel, the Killers are equally well versed in penning the listener in with darkly metallic hues -- as on the druggy downward-spiral lament "Uncle Jonny." Those hardscrabble rockers are offset by a passel of songs that find the quintet indulging their bigger-is-better appetites in a whole new way, trading the Anglophile bent of Hot Fuss for a rock-operatic mien that -- especially on "This River Is Wild" -- could be a worthy successor to Bat Out of Hell. They Killers may no longer be channeling David Bowie, but Sam's Town proves they're well aware of the importance of ch-ch-ch-changes.

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All Music Guide
On the 2006 follow-up to their wildly successful debut, the Killers continue their torrid affair with 1980s new wave, but manage to incorporate the sounds of that era, particularly heavy use of synthesizers, more seamlessly into the mix. This is due, at least in part, to the presence of veteran producers Flood and Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, U2). While the Las Vegas-based act's Britpop-influenced songs are still marked by Brandon Flower's emotive vocals and bold synth lines, Dave Keuning's guitar riffs are amped up on much of the record. Other highlights of this brooding album are the dramatic "Bones" and the yearning title track, songs that prove that the Killers may have unforeseen substance lurking under their carefully rendered style.

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Performance Credits

Killers   Primary Artist
Brandon Flowers   Group Member
Mark Stoermer   Group Member
Ronnie Vannucci   Group Member
Corlene Byrd   Background Vocals
Louis XIV   Background Vocals
Maryam Haddad   Strings
Adrina Hanson   Strings
Tommy Marth   Saxophone
Tristan Moyer   Strings
Neeraj Khajanchi   Trombone

Technical Credits

Mark Gray   Engineer
Flood   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Alan Moulder   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Robert Reynolds   Management
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Killers   Composer
Brandon Flowers   Composer
Mark Stoermer   Composer
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer
Paul Resta   Marketing
Max Dingel   Engineer
Suzanne Hackett Morgan   Paintings
Andy West   Art Direction

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Sam's Town 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
i love the killers they are one talented band why do people hate on them sooo much they make great music great music that would put a smile onto your face this band is just simply amazing if you love the killers check out both mushroomhead and slipknot both slipknot and mushroomhead are both very very very amazing bands just listen to slipknots and mushroomheads music do not focus on their image both bands are just as melodic as the killers im not joking either im telling the whole truth nothing but the truth so help me god
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this album is pretty darn good. Actually it's great. Yes I do agree that it's different from Hot Fuss, but The Killers do a great with their sophomore album. I fact I would honestly say that Sam's Town is better then Hot Fuss. Don't worry you won't make a mistake buying this album, it's more then what you expect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this cd when you are young is really great but what is really awesome is the enterlude and exitlude i just really likes how it goes we hope you enjoy your stay it's good to have you with us even if it's just for the day i also really enjoyed bones and sam's towm readmy mind was pretty good too
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing is for sure. This album is different. Different from their first album, Hot Fuss. When I first heard Mr. Brightside I was immediately attracted and the full album only made me grin. As a devoted fan of The Killers, I was anxiously waiting for a new album, another rise to greatness. And when I first heard the first single off Sam's Town, I went through a couple stages. First, I immediately thought it was good because they were The Killers and, of course, anything they make is killer. Then, I got over this and decided to take the song for what it was. It was a good song. But different and did not live up to the hype it created. But I decided to try the C.D. anyways. I bought it and listened to all the songs. And after I finished, I became a little sad. To me, The Killers sounded like they were trying too hard. They didn't sound genuine anymore. Growing mustaches is fine, that's just appearances. But once fame starts getting to an artist's head is when I start to worry. This C.D. made me think Flowers was just trying to create a different sound just to be different, not for the music aspect of it, what really matters. Everything was deliberate and maybe too deliberate. It sounded forced. But even so, I did enjoy the record. What matters is why I liked it, because of the band or because of the music itself? In the end, the record is worth buying but be ready for a surprise (what an oxymoron) that will definitely take some time to grow on you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sam's town was an album that completly changed my music tastes around. i'd listened to hot fuss, and though i liked 'jenny was a friend of mine' and completely loved the choir infused 'all these things that i've done', sam's town really hit me. i was reading eclipse, the new title by stephanie meyer, when i put in sam's town. as soon as brandon flowers and the amazing 'sam's town' song came through my speakers, i wouldn't leave my room. i stayed in there until the track finished, and everytime i picked up that book to read more, i had to listen to that album. everytime i listen to 'sam's town' now, i am transported back to my room on a rainy saturday, where that song seemed too perfect for words to the circumstances. i fell in love with the killers totally, and am looking eagerly forward to sawdust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite a change from their first album. Before the album came out I read a few average reviews from Rolling Stone and Spin. I read a few great reviews from UK mags: Q, Uncut, Mojo. I'm guessing the US reviewers listened to this album once and thought The Killers were taking themselves too seriously and wearn't as "fun" as the first album. This is an amazing album that is getting better with each and every listen. It's vaguely conceptual with opening and closing pieces and it flows great(think Srgt.Pepper "concept", not The Wall). It's an album that you don't immediately restart or switch when it ends. You stand there and think about what you just heard. I don't do that for many recently released albums. It makes me wish that some of the songs were drawn out a little more, but I think the days of the 8+ minute song are dead. I highly recommend this album as someone who loathes about 90% of music since Nirvana.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the neww album Sam's Town an excellent follow up to Hot Fuss, and I strongly disagree with the theory that it would put off many fans of The Killers, it's good to have variation in different albums, because if they were all the same The Killers would be boring an predictable and would soon fade away and personally I don't see that happening for many years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Brandon was right. Sam's Town is one of the best albums made in the past twenty years. The Killers have glitz, glamour, boylove, talent, and so much more. I love the band as much as I love Las Vegas itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Killers' follow up to Hot Fuss isn't what many expected and so I think they will lose some of those fans who want more of that heated, fast pop and fresh sound that the Killers completely embraced on the first record. However, Sam's Town is a solid record. It flows when played in it's entirity and has songs that can stand on their own, "Read My Mind", "Bones", and the title track "Sam's Town" are perfect examples of such. Much has been made about this record not being as good as the first or not being as catchy as the first. My first impressions of Hot Fuss were not favorable. It took a well-meaning best friend to keep playing it whenever we were driving for the songs to start to click with me. Sam's Town is different for me, maybe because my expectations weren't as high as others, and also because I hoped this band would show more edge, more teeth, because they have the talent and the song writing chops to be something better in the world of rock and roll. Maybe this isn't 'one of the greatest record to be made' in the last 20 years, but one couldn't deny that it's a good record and a solid effort towards artistic maturity. It's lush and at times dark and beautiful. It won't be all things every one, and it may not be for everyone...either way, the Killers have proven that they are here to stay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. The Killers have done it again and made a CD that can be played over and over again. Their style has kind of changed. They have matured some what since their last album. I love it! Songs I love so far: 1, 3, 7, and 8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah.... they are always sounding soo... messed up! I have the Hot Fuss cd and I only liked one song: Somebody Told Me. That was it. The rest was no use listening to. I dont know how this song became a single:When you were young...They have gotten worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Sam's Twon, i think its so awesome. i think The Killers are the best band ever! Theyre so awesome!
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