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Killers, The - Hot Fuss Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 4
Musicianship 4.5
Lyrics 4.25
Production 6.25
Creativity 5.75
Lasting Value 5
Reviewer Tilt 4.25
Final Verdict: 49%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.47
Musicianship 8.08
Lyrics 7.53
Production 7.83
Creativity 7.94
Lasting Value 8.03
Reviewer Tilt 7.89
Average: 80%
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Killers, The - Hot Fuss

Reviewed by: alice+interiors (10/27/08)
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Record Label: Island Records
Release Date: June 7, 2004


The Killers are currently one of the most successful bands in the world, and Brandon Flowers knows it. Riding on the back of 2007's world-conquering Sam's Town, the band has accumulated a massive following worldwide, and Brandon Flowers has achieved high status everywhere. But where did it all come from? Hot Fuss was The Killers' 2005 debut, now usually overshadowed by the success of their later work. While they enjoyed some success with a few hit singles, personally, I think this album has a lot to offer, and it's a great shame that few people see this as the better of their two albums.

The album begins with "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine", an easy-going tune with an anthemic chorus. While not a bad song, it serves more as a warm-up for what is to follow rather than anything else. "Mr. Brightside" is the first of the 'big 4' song on this album. Flowers begins with the lyrics "Coming out of my cage / I've been doing just fine" and mumbles further forward, steadily crescendoing into the well-known chorus, complete with distorted guitars et al. "Smile Like You Mean It" kicks off with a simple, yet catchy riff, and moves into a much more reminiscent, melancholy (perhaps bordering on cliché) mood, focusing on memories of summers past, and better days experienced.

The tone changes and we are introduced to the totally upbeat, purely fun "Somebody Told Me", where Flowers jealously jokes about the looks of an ex-girlfriend's new flame, creating an air of raw enjoyment, which is great to hear on any CD. The pendulum-like style of this album swings back, and the tempo is lost for the next track, "All These Things That I've Done". This song is easily my favorite song on Hot Fuss, and one of my favorites of all time. From the atmospheric, distant bells in the intro, through the anthem of a chorus and including that memorable lyrical-ostinato of "I've got soul, but I'm not, a soldier," this is five minutes of pure genius.

Contrary to popular belief, the remainder of Hot Fuss is not actually 'just filler' at all. In fact, after you've got past the fantastic four there are some gems that are often overlooked, perhaps due to the less-than-sensible track listing.
In particular, "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" is a stand-out effort. Putting aside the rather odd notion that Flowers & co. are part of either an independent label or a rock and roll band, this is a fantastic musical performance. Both band and vocalist push themselves to the limit, creating a fantastic portrayal of what The Killers really represent. "Believe Me Natalie" is another one worth hearing again, due to its offbeat tempo and varied dynamics, but in truth leaving out but one of the songs on Hot Fuss would render it incomplete.

I am very curious to see where 2009 may take The Killers. Now they have further distanced themselves from the utter crap that is 'new-wave indie' (aka any British band saddled with the prefix 'The'), and have secured themselves a solid fan-base, they may feel that they no longer need to prove themselves, and no longer have to look at progressing into even better musicians. I, for one, hope that this is certainly not the future for this immensely talented band.

Recommended if You LikeSam's Town; We Are Scientists; Nada Surf

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12:42 AM on 11/10/08
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Nice review, although i am not sure this album is really that overshadowed by Sam's town. Going to have to say i prefer Hot Fuss over Sam's Town but both are pretty decent, even the b side album sawdust has it moments. Looking forward to what they produce next given the consistency of the material they have released so far. Oh and Glamorous Indie Rock is track 8, not a b side
06:19 AM on 11/10/08
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Haha the bit about new wave indie in the last paragrah made me laugh.
08:09 AM on 11/10/08
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Haha the bit about new wave indie in the last paragrah made me laugh.
It was going to say 'raped' instead of 'saddled' but it got moderated. :sigh:
01:16 PM on 11/10/08
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Great review, great album, great band. . I prefer Sams Town but this is just as good. I am pretty sure Glamorous Indie Rock is a b-side. It is a great song anyways. I am so excited for Day and Age. I am sure it will amaze and will probably be my AOTY.

what? it's on the album.

Anyway good review Love this album a lot more than Sam's Town
01:36 AM on 11/11/08
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hmm interesting, seems my version of the album (Australian) has "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" as track 8 instead of "Change Your Mind".
09:36 AM on 11/11/08
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Your wrong. I own the album so I know what songs are on it.

Limited Edition

Features the original U.S. release tracklist and 3 additional bonus tracks:
  • 12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" – 4:14

It's a normal track on the U.K. version so in truth you're wrong too. I own the album too but it's the uk version it's track number 8.
11:26 AM on 11/11/08
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Your wrong. I own the album so I know what songs are on it.

Limited Edition

Features the original U.S. release tracklist and 3 additional bonus tracks:
  • 12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" – 4:14
I wrote the review from my UK retail CD, which has the track listing as number 8. No big deal, haha.
07:31 PM on 11/23/08
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I don't really understand why On Top and Change Your Mind are so often overlooked... they're both awesome

And I agree with you, All These Things That I've Done is one of my all time favorites too.
09:44 AM on 05/13/09
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I love this CD, it will always be one of my faves. preferable over Sam's Town. Midnight Show is an awesome song on there! I honestly think the entire track list is awesome, i even got my hip hop loving brother to like it.
01:56 AM on 08/25/11
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Mr. Brightside.
08:02 AM on 11/10/13
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Why such a low score for such a positive review?
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