Sound — 10
When I first played the album I knew instantly that The Killers sound has changed since the '80s pop synthesisers to a more sophisticated sounding style with more instruments than effects. This style really works well for the band and even on the CD cover they have changed their look to Cowboy's with moustaches instead of the indie pop/rock with Brandon Flower wearing eye liner. The guitar playing is amazing in the album and there are some really good riffs and great songs including; Sam's Town, When You Were Young, Bling, Read My Mind and Uncle Jonny.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very well constructed and seem to be very well produced, maybe over produced even but they are all down to Earth and Brandon Flower's voice sounds very good. The lyrics fit the music style perfectly and Brandon Flower uses a wider range of vocals in this album than hot fuss and he is still good.
Overall Impression — 10
The Killers has to be one of the best indie rock bands out there at the moment, this has to be one of the best albums I've heard. Better than hot fuss? Definitely. All the songs sound good apart from the bonus track which was a bit iffy. There are about 5 or 6 songs that could be released as excellent singles and 3 or 4 that could be released as good singles. I am glad that the killers have grown up from the almost '80s pop style to the new Indie rock sound, I really did like Hot Fuss I thought that it was amazing but I think that Sam's town is better. I've already made a spare copy of the disc and put it on my iPod in case I lose the original CD.