Sam's Town

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Sophomore slump from 2005's "It" band.

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Sex

"Bones" laments "Don't you want to feel my skin on your skin."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Uncle Jonny" talks about being addicted to cocaine; "Where the White Boys Dance" mentions having a drink.

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Parents need to know that the lyrical content is mostly harmless, except for the song "Uncle Jonny," which is about someone addicted to cocaine.

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What's the story?

The Killers, the golden boys of the rapidly fading retro dance-band craze, sold an amazing 5 million copies of their debut album Hot Fuss. Naturally, everyone was curious to see what their next move would be -- and it turned out to be an image makeover. On SAM'S TOWN, the Killers were smart enough to refer to legends like Springsteen and U2 for inspiration in forging a new sound. But they're just not talented enough to pull it off.

Is it any good?

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The band has tried to grow up too fast and the result is an album filled with unruffled dusty stories grounded in their native Nevada desert; tales of heartbreak, wandering, weariness, and (in a tune about a cocaine-addicted relative), plain squalor. There are a few problems with this. First, the band is simply still too young to sing credibly about nostalgia or mortality. Second, the songs lack much of the edge and dynamics they once possessed (one exception: "This River Is Wild"). And finally, the new emphasis on Brandon Flowers' vocals reveals that he's limited primarily to two ranges: petulant whine and petulant yelp.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why The Killers underwent a change. Was it necessary? How did it affect their music? You can also discuss how music from the '80s has influenced the band.

Music details

Artist:The Killers
Release date:October 3, 2006
Label:Island
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bydroolingfan_not April 9, 2008
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Second album...

I haven't had a chance to listen to this full CD yet but it looks to be tamer than their first album. When You were Young is definitely a great song; I've listened to that. Oddly enough, this seems to have rather more indecent cover art than the first album, but not the same problems with sex....

Adult Written bygreenhighway April 9, 2008
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Not for Kids!

This is a cd not for kids. Its great if you are over 18. It has a general "party" message for people. The group does have good guitar hooks and whatnot, but I can't recommend it for kids of any age.

Teen, 14 years old Written bypinklady80lately April 9, 2008
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another amazing album by the killers!!!

this album is really amazing!!! coming from a small suburb i can relate to sam's town and when u were young, well any girl can relate to that :) i dont find any issues w/ this album. yes the song bones does have some sexual references, but its really about stuff that us as teen w/ our raging hormones deal w/! uncle johnny does talk about drugs, but its saying how drugs affect ppl in bad ways and how it affects the ppl around u. i seriously luv this album, its amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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