Sound — 10
On this album, the Killers sound absolutely amazing. They have moved on from the synth-influenced poppy alternative songs, and have gone to alt. rock. The album is named after a place in Vegas they used to hang out at, and each song has it's own memorable impression on you. The album starts out with "Sam's Town", a great intro rock song that can get stuck in your head easily. Then comes "Enterlude", a minute long pure piano song with a style the killers didn't have on Hot Fuss. Enterlufe leads into the first single, When You Were Young, which is a Springsteen-influenced song that shows you that the Kilelrs have what it takes to be the biggest band in the world. Track number 4 is claled "Bling (Confession's Of A King)", and it's music alone is brilliance. The melody and all around composition will send chills down your spine. Next comes "For Reason's Unknown". Starts out with palm-muted guitars and grows into an arena rock song. The songs go on from there, each making you love the Killers even more.
Lyrics — 10
Brandon Flowers has a pure gift. His lyrics are compelling and deep, yet easy to udnerstand. Whether it's about a cocaine addicted Uncle (Uncle Jonny) or about girls who only go for guys who they dreamt of as children (When You Were Young), Brandon Flowers draws you in. On Hot Fuss some of the songs, such as Andy You're A Star, Everything's Alright, and Midnight Show, were simply bad. They were not as cleverly written, didn't have the same energy, etc. With Sam's Town, you get everything.
Overall Impression — 10
I know you're not supposed to hype up a band too much, but I will anyways. The Killers are amazing on this album. It is the best album since American Idiot, and the Kilelrs have what it takes to go a long long way. If it was stolen, I would buy it again, again, again, again, again, again, again, again, and again. And then once more time. Then, I'd burn it, or steal it from somewhere else. It is amazing, and it is better than Hot Fuss by a mile.