Due to great response from my recent blast, I've decided to post a review of a new CD I purchased. I've only done one review ever before, early in my blog days, so if you want to check it out, read it here. Generally, I don't fancy myself much of a reviewer, and like to leave those to my friend Cameron, who writes killer reviews. So here goes.
*NOTE: I urge you to keep in mind that I do NOT own The Killers' first album, Hot Fuss. I am familiar with some of the music, but not the entire CD. Therefore, I might be biased, but oh well.
I picked up The Killers' new CD, Sam's Town, on a whim. I had heard only one song on the radio while at a local pizza spot, but didn't really hear it that well. As an adventurous guy, I picked up the CD.
From the moment the first track began, I found myself completely hooked. The sound is such that you're drawn in, and the mix of music with vocals can only be described as mesmerizing. Lyrics flow naturally with the music, and everything just seems to make sense. It didn't take long for me to get lost in the rhythms and start singing along, even though I didn't yet know any of the words.
One of the dangers of sophomore albums, and of being in the popular alternative music scene (or any popular music scene, for that matter), is the tendency to get stuck releasing the same album with new lyrics. The Killers have shown that they are not afraid to grow, and to broaden their musical horizons.
Sam's Town is without a doubt a product of its own genius. All of Hot Fuss's instruments are there, and this time there's other new instruments as well, and the album showcases a diversity of ideas, rhythms, lyrics, and music. As I have become more familiar with the album, I've found myself in awe of introductions that start out not altogether convincing, and suddenly an amazing song develops right before my very eyes. The lack of predictability throughout the album is extremely refreshing.
What is also refreshing is that, even though there are choruses to songs, there is still lyrical diversity, reminiscent of songwriting from fellow bands like The White Stripes and Lostprophets. Change within songs throughout make the CD flow more smoothly from one song to the next, and listening only one time through is never enough.
When you listen to Sam's Town, prepare yourself for a musical journey unlike any you've ever experienced. Lose yourself in the diversity of a band whose talent speaks for itself, and whose influences, while pinpointed by followers and critics alike, range from a far larger spectrum than they are given credit for. Needless to say, The Killers do not disappoint.