Sound — 10
I really like the sound here. Right off the bat you can tell that they have changed their sound from their previous album, Hot Fuss. They kind of sound like a mixture of Springsteen and Tom Petty, and this is a good thing because it suits them really well. This is a whole new side of the Killers that we haven't seen before, and it is less poppy than the first album, except the song Bones, and I prefer this sound to their old one.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of most of the song are very good lyrics. They tell a story andhave meaning, unlike a lot of the songs out there today. Also Brandon Flowers singing skills have really improved since their last album. Hot Fuss was for the most part monotonal, while in this album he uses his voice a lot more. This is a change for the better and a step in the right direction for the band.
Overall Impression — 10
I really do like this album, although I would have to say that the songs had to grow on me. The first time I listened to them I thought they weren't all too great. Then I heard the songs a second time and just fell in love with them. My favorites would have to be "Sam's Town", "Enterlude/When You Were Young", "For Reasons Unknown", "Bones","This River Is Wild", "Why Do I Keep Counting?", and "Exitlude", which, as you can see, is the majority of the songs. I really like theuse of the keyboard in these songs more than in their previous ones, especially in "For Reasons Unknown". If I lost this cd, I would definitely buy it again. Also I would recommend getting it at Best Buy because it comes with two extra tracks when youbuy it there, and it's only about $10.