Sam's Town

Music review by
Kerwin So, Common Sense Media
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Sophomore slump from 2005's "It" band.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written bywhovian85 April 9, 2008


I've been waiting for this album to be reviewed. I've only listened to snatches of the album on Itunes but it sounds good.
Adult Written bygreenhighway April 9, 2008

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 wha... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytheReviewingKoala July 26, 2017

Only 3 songs are really good

They are Bling (Confession of a King), Sam's Town, and Read my Mind.
Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2016

Two Stars!? Unforgivable, Common Sense Media!

Common Sense Media is something I use frequently to find good reviews recommending (or not) music, apps, and books with age and quality ratings. Now, I haven... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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