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Hot Fuss features eleven nuggets of reel-you-in storytelling genius and musical nectar. These eleven tracks span from the "very Vegas like Ziggy came to town" first proper single release "Somebody Told Me";"Mr Brightside" - a tale of jealousy that depicts that moment in a relationship when you realize that your other half might be playing away and this thought takes up residence in your psyche feeding the worst fears and visualisations your imagination can then throw at you. Youll find two-thirds of a murder trilogy in "Midnight Show", which starts off harking back to "Lipgloss" before veering into far darker territory than old Jarvis would ever have flirted with, in Pulp days at least, and "Jenny". These two are connected by the story of a murder of a girl by her jealous boyfriend. The first part of the trilogy, "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf", will, you can be sure, make an appearance at some point in the future. Its a deliciously ambitious series that! belies the bands tender years. Elsewhere, meanwhile: "On Top" celebrates where Brandon feels the band is at, while stalkers tale "Andy Youre A Star" and "All These Things That Ive Done," saw Flowers realise his dream of using a gospel choir in their recordings.
The Killers match postpunk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls '80s New Wave without burying their sound in nostalgia. On their debut, Hot Fuss, frontman Brandon Flowers plumbs his imagination for tales of murdered lovers ("Jenny Was a Friend of Mine," "Midnight Show"), voyeurism ("Mr. Brightside"), and sexual confusion (the single "Somebody Told Me"), Flowers and his mates are obviously canny students; the total effect is of a playacted obsession, but one made irresistible by their skillful, catchy songs. If there's an occasional misstep (the painfully earnest line "I got soul but I'm not a soldier" from "All These Things That I've Done"), it seems of a piece with the Killers' influences. As it is, Hot Fuss is one of several recent releases that bring a diverting faux glamour to the mainstream rock scene. --Rickey WrightSee all Editorial Reviews
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1. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine - 5/5. A great way to open the album, even if the song is about a guy who killed his girlfriend. Love the music. One of my favorite songs.
2. Mr. Brightside - 5/5. This was the song that got me hooked on the Killers and is my favorite on the album. The lyrics are very real and the music is great.
3. Smile Like You Mean It - 5/5. Another great song. Though not as good as the previous two, I'd still give it 5/5.
4. Somebody Told Me - 5/5. Great single about a guy who suspects his girlfriend is not quite what she seems to be.
5. All These Things I've Done - 3/5. The song is good until "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier". I'm sorry, the gospel choir just ruined it for me.
6. Andy, You're a Star - 4/5. Good song with a cool beat.
7. On Top - Another good song.
8. Change Your Mind - 4/5. Yet another good song, but nothing incredible.
9. Believe Me Natalie - 4/5. Sensing a pattern here...it's a good song.
10. Midnight Show - 4.5/5. I really like this song.
11. Everything Will Be Alright - 3/5. OK song, they could have picked a better closing song.
All things considered, this album is amazing, if not just for the first four songs, which are, in my opinion, the clearly superior tracks. A couple of filler songs, but overall definitely worth the money.
Here's my track by track analysis, with my score in parenthesis, 5 being the highest, 1 the lowest:
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine (4) - Terrific opener, driving rhythms, great chorus.
Mr. Brightside (4) - Probably the most recognized, if not overplayed track on the album, but with good reason, another driving, strong vocals.
Smile Like You Mean It (5) - Favorite song on the album, haunting lyrics, extraordinary use of guitars and synth, great percussion work, especially on cymbals. I don't think i'll ever get tired of this song.
Somebody Told Me (4) - Another driving rock song. Well-made for radio.
All These Things I've Done (4) - Yes, it's true that the line "I've got soul but i'm not a soldier" isn't the best writing in history, but the guitar and rhythm carry it, with good vocal variety. The video on the DVD of this song is pretty damned good as well.
Andy, You're a Star (2) - Mediocre at best, it's a change of pace from the rest of the album up until this point to be sure, but seems overly reptitive. It's either a 2 or 3 star song to me but is at a 2 at this point.
On Top (4) - Good use of synth, could have been overdone but luckily they knew where to pull back with it and focus on the lyrics. Flowers' voice seems louder on this song than on previous tracks, and it helps to carry the tune.
Change Your Mind (5) - I was thrilled to see this song used in many of the trailers for 'the movie "Thank You For Smoking' earlier this year, as it's a neat song. The synth approaches borderline over the top, but the vocals are so wonderful, that it doesn't overpower. This is probably my third favorite on the disc, if not a close second.
Believe Me Natalie (4) - Carried by a heavy bassline, it's another storytelling type song, not a bad song, but nothing legendary. It's barely a 5 in my book, it's a good song but might score lower if compared to other Killers songs only. I do however score basing songs against other music of similiar genre, so it remains a 5.
Midnight Show (4) - Not a bad song, but the vocals seem to be lacking, and get lost in the background it seems at times.
Everything Will Be Alright (2) - It's a change of pace, but seems like a bad way to end an album, and this is where it did end on the normal, non-deluxe version of the disc. It's not terrible, but probably the weakest track on the album. Could have been better if the vocals were done differently, I liked the rhythm, just hated the delivery.
Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll (4) - First of three bonus tracks, and is possibly my second favorite song. It's catchy as all getout, and Flowers' seems to be right on target with the vocal delivery and range. Great guitar work, and the bassline was done perfectly. Bonus points for the tambourine hit in the first verse as well, very nice.
The Ballad of Michael Valentine (4) - Solid tune, it has a few changes throughout of all the different instruments. Lots of cymbals at some points, but gets the job done.
Under the Gun (5) - Good tune, though short. More substance would do it some good. Certainly not the worst song they could have picked to end the album (see above).
Overall, this is a strong buy, and a worthy addition to anyone's collection that enjoys this genre of music.
Hot Fuss (Deluxe Tour Edition):
5 Star Songs: 3
4 Star Songs: 7
3 Star Songs: 2
2 Star Songs: 2
Overall: Very Good - 3.8 / 5