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08:25 AM on 06/05/14
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Is there a link to all these tenth anniversary tributes?
08:27 AM on 06/05/14
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The only album that I ever liked by them. I was pretty young, never heard of them and it came out on my birthday so I just randomly bought it. I loved it and was really happy I did.
08:41 AM on 06/05/14
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Man, Mr. Brightside was my jam in grade 8... still is. Love this record, and always will, who cares if its not "fashionable," I don't know shit about fashion anyway. Anyways, very good review.
Yep. I remember hearing them on the radio for the first time the summer after 5th grade, and it almost blew my mind because it was so different for being on Top 40. I really only revisit this album, but it helped shape my musical tastes for sure. I bet I could still find the copy my brother burnt for me in my closet or under the bed somewhere haha.

Fantastic write-up as always, Craig. Really enjoyed this and would love to see more retrospectives in the future.
09:04 AM on 06/05/14
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Mr. Brightside is such a fantastic song. Proud of my 13 year old self for liking at least one great song

I'm pretty proud of my 13 year old self in general. He started figuring shit out after too many years listening to Creed.

I need to go and listen to this album right fucking now. Great, great review, Craig.

fantastic, Craig. Such a great record

Thanks guys.

Love it. Fabulous piece, Craig.

I still remember how they exploded over here, and how everyone - from my parents to my school friends - loved "Somebody Told Me" when it first came out. Now I've got to go back and listen to this again.

I remember how basically everyone assumed they WERE from over there, haha. They took cues from so many British bands that people just assumed they weren't Americans. Probably why everyone was so pissed off about Sam's Town, which was the complete opposite.

never got down with this album outside of the singles. gonna have to read thru this tho, always love your writing

Thanks dude, means a lot coming from you. You'll probably recognize a bit of this from our conversation on the merits of "Mr. Brightside" from last year's Grantland poll thread.

Fabulous album, great article.
I hope we'll get this for Sam's Town as well. It's my favorite album of theirs.

I adore Sam's Town, so I certainly intend on doing something for that one if I'm still around these parts in fall 2006. I don't think that album has aged quite as well as this one, but I still love it.

Wonderful review. I agree with you 100% on the line “And someone will drive her around on the same streets that I did”, and the album altogether. Sam's Town was definitely underrated and your review of Battle Born was spot on. And oh how Limewire gave so many of my computers virus'.

Now I'm gonna have to listen to this record. Probably right now.

I don't think I ever got a virus from Limewire, actually. Kazaa, however...

Is there a link to all these tenth anniversary tributes?

Yep. I remember hearing them on the radio for the first time the summer after 5th grade, and it almost blew my mind because it was so different for being on Top 40. I really only revisit this album, but it helped shape my musical tastes for sure. I bet I could still find the copy my brother burnt for me in my closet or under the bed somewhere haha.

Fantastic write-up as always, Craig. Really enjoyed this and would love to see more retrospectives in the future.

I don't know if we have an organized place where "retro" reviews go. I did a series of Butch Walker retrospectives last year, and Chris Collum and I have done a bunch of anniversary stuff as part of the My Back Pages feature. Drew did a 20th anniversary piece for the Blue Album, etc. 2004 was THE year for me really getting into music though, so I am definitely planning on doing more of these throughout the year. I think I'll circle back and catch those Keane and Snow Patrol records at some point, and I'm definitely doing something for the 10 year anniversaries of Futures and American Idiot. Those are still a ways away, though.
09:15 AM on 06/05/14
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Honestly tear up a little when I think about how much this album meant to me, and how it was the soundtrack to so many fun times I had back in the day. On Top and Midnight Show are my jams for life, and this cd still is one of my favorites of all time. Damn, getting all nostalgic and shit. What a fucking album.
09:56 AM on 06/05/14
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Crazy to think of what these guys have accomplished in ten years. Great album, great write up.
10:10 AM on 06/05/14
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Great review. This album was my introduction to a lot of indie rock-y stuff. I loved this era, it's a shame this band got a lot of unwarranted hate because they were part of the 80's revival, which was often seen as a gimmick at the time.

I never bothered to give the other albums a listen because I couldn't get into the singles, especially the obnoxious "are we human or are we dancer" one. I've only heard positive things about Sam's Town though.

Btw, thanks for bringing attention to the bsides. "Under The Gun" is my favorite song.
10:32 AM on 06/05/14
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loved this album
10:41 AM on 06/05/14
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I'm pretty proud of my 13 year old self in general. He started figuring shit out after too many years listening to Creed.





Same, but substitute Staind and Linkin Park for me. Ugh
11:06 AM on 06/05/14
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Epic review. Was fun to read and I could not agree more. The only odd thing for me is, it feels like this album is actually older than 10 years. I was surprised when I saw the "10th anniversary" in the title.
02:09 PM on 06/05/14
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Fantastic review. A huge part of the brilliance this record radiates also comes from Ronnie's absolutely stellar drumming. He's impossible to predict, and even at this early time in the band's sound, he knew how to tweak each fill just enough that it was never the same twice without compromising the integrity of the song or overdoing it.
02:23 PM on 06/05/14
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YAY! I just got home from Vegas yesterday and of course I had to listen to all of their albums while I was there!
Also, is anyone here familiar with Kelley Polar? I stayed at the Cosmopolitan, and they played "Black Hole" in the casino. I almost died.
02:28 PM on 06/05/14
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where can I find those b sides? I've been a big fan since this album originally came out, and I've never come across them!
02:28 PM on 06/05/14
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Ha I never thought of top loading the album as a strategy like that but you're probably right. It'd make more sense to do that today in a digital/streaming world where you're willing to give an album a couple track listen at least and you likely would start at the beginning so you want to hook them right away. Indie Rock n Roll would have made a great single, as well. I know it's a lot bigger in England; they may have released it as one there where it was standard on the album in place of Change Your Mind (our song in that place).

They were the first "new" band I really got into and they were my favorite band for a long while. I hadn't been as excited for another band when they debuted until The 1975 came along.

"Someone will drive her around..." is one of my favorite lines, as well.

I love Sam's Town (probably my favorite overall) and the other albums have their moments, but I'm one of those people who think they were in top form on Hot Fuss but have resigned myself to the fact that they'll never and can never make even a handful of songs like those on Hot Fuss anymore.
Woah, I think they've only improved their craft. "Battle Born" is nuts. Flesh and Bone, The Rising Tide and Battle Born are pretty much perfect. I like "Hot Fuss", but these last three albums have increasingly bolted them ahead of the pack IMO. I love the Killers at their most ridiculous, and "Hot Fuss" was taken a bit too seriously, I thought.
02:38 PM on 06/05/14
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10 years later and I still love this band and this album. This was an excellent read.
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