Killers, The - CD review (3 stars)

This article is from 2006.

The Killer

Sam’s Town (Vertigo)

ROCK

If any band had ‘stadium fodder’ tattooed across their skinny asses from day one, it was The Killers. This second album is supposed to secure their place as true festival headlining prospects, which it will of course, but overall, Sam’s Town is way more patchy than such a lofty pedestal commands.

When The Killers get blustery and bombastic they are unbeatable - first single ‘When You Were Young’ is a thundering example. There’s another half dozen of these juiced up, over-blown, Duran-fuelled melodramas contained within and they are for the most part tremendous fun. The Killers do however, remain a band with only one (albeit pretty strong) string to their bow. ‘My List’ is a flabby munter of a ballad that aims for U2 meets Depeche Mode but ends up as bad Aztec Camera meets even badder Journey. Make of that what you will. See you down the front at T in the Park, late Saturday evening.

The Killers

Las Vegas rockers famed for their glamorous take on indie rock'n'roll. The Killers are Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), Dave Keuning (guitars), Mark Stoermer (bass) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums).

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Tue 21 Nov

£55 / 0844 477 9000

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Thu 23 Nov

£45–£65 / 0843 373 3000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Mon 27 Nov

Sold out / 0844 856 0202

With Juanita Stein.

Tue 28 Nov

Sold out / 0844 856 0202

With Juanita Stein.

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