Before its release, The Killers front-man Brandon Flowers declared the band’s sophomore effort, Sam’s Town, to be “one of the best albums in the past 20 years.” His conviction nearly had fans convinced, that is, until their new single “When You Were Young,” began playing on the radio, and everyone did a double take when they realized they weren’t listening to a Coldplay B-side. Inflated egos aside, Sam’s Town has broken some new ground and taken a new direction from their debut Hot Fuss. The group seems to have traded in its previously established dance-rock sound for a new-wave style of ‘80s electroclash that buzzes with some charming synths. Tracks like “Where the White Boys Dance” and “Uncle Jonny” are overtly reminiscient of Springsteen and other ‘80s giants. The stylistic leap is commendable, but The Killers may have abandoned a perfectly fine ship by leaving behind dance-rock.
Originally published 4:08 p.m., November 27, 2006
Updated 12:42 p.m., January 3, 2007
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