A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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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?
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.