Occasionally, rarely even, the top 40 market, one I studiously do my damndest to avoid, actually recognises and supports worthwhile, well-made music. The Killers is one such example. When the first singles from Hot Fuss, were first released, they were hard not to like, sounding elementally British yet rangy and sun-toughened. Given the band's hometown, this is hardly surprising, I guess.
The fact is front man Brandon Flowers, despite having a vaguely ridiculous name, looks like a rock star and actually has the talent to back up the looks. And the rest of The Killers, while maybe not quite as - pretty - as Flowers, are no less capably talented.
Thankfully, this is not an album put together around a few good singles but one that displays a certain understanding, if not adoration, of the pop song form as best exemplified by a number of 80s British bands (and there are a few to pick from or name check). Album tracks like All These Things I've Done, Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll and the rockin' Midnight Show, earmarked them as a more than the sum of their huge hit, Mr Brightside.
Listening to Hot Fuss has me thinking about whether this is yet another band whose follow up albums we should add to the list of must-haves. Over to you, Mine.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
We've gotta stop forgetting good albums like this. I can't remember the last time we played Hot Fuss just because - and it can't be that long till we play it again. Although it does have that ridiculous line in it - which song is that? I've got soul but I'm not a soldier has to be the silliest line in the best song. (YourZ sez: silly! I wish I'd written it, but then, I've been guilty of some absolute shockers in the past)
I just remember singing along to Somebody Told Me in the car when my sister-in-law and her daughter had come to visit and we were off to experience some serious retail therapy in the discount stores of Sydney, with the windows down, it was a hot day and we were just being - silly.
I can admit to being a trifle annoyed by the extent of the sonic fluffing occasionally put over the top of Brandon Flowers' vocals - because the dude can sing - but generally this is pure pop-rock heaven. From a debut album, no less.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP Vegas, baby
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