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The Killers are trying too hard

October 17, 2006|by KELSEY LIDZ

The most recent Killers album, "Sam's Town," is proof that even unique bands can miss a beat.

The Killers could be admired for their effort to stand out from the abundance of Fall Out Boy-like emo bands if their attempt wasn't so overreaching, or if they had successfully pulled it off.

Their recently released sophomore album, "Sam's Town," is similar to their past work, only with more wailing (not really an improvement). The first single, "When You Were Young," has popped up on MTV's "The Leak," most likely because it sounds so similar to "All These Things That I've Done," from The Killers' 2004 debut album, "Hot Fuss."

"Hot Fuss" was original and artistic, as well as different from the majority of other rock bands coming out at the time. "All These Things That I've Done" is probably the most enjoyable track off "Hot Fuss" because there are no random shrieks, nor odd sound effects, which the band possibly mistakes for edginess.

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"Sam's Town," though, feels like the band is reaching too far and too unsuccessfully to be unique. The Killers should stick with what made them so popular, or come up with something original. Instead, they are languishing between those two points.

Tracks such as "Uncle Johnny" sound awkward.

This isn't to say that the entire album is strained or unpleasant. The songs "Bones" and "Sam's Town" are mainstream enough to be enjoyable, even catchy.

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