Killers | Hot Fuss
a ryan j mack review
ALBUM IS SO F%CKING GOOD.
hope that swearing doesn't offend you, but I assure you in The
Killers' 'Hot Fuss' case, the mother of all qualifiers is the
only word powerful enough to work. Yes, they have two songs on
the radio, one of which probably even qualifies as a certifiable
"hit." But this band should be bigger. This band should
The Killers are from Vegas, but we're the ones who've gotten lucky.
This is the kind of album you can put on and get lost in, whether
or not you wanted to intentionally focus on the music. It just
has this ability to rhythmically and lyrically find its way to
your attention so that it's all you're thinking about.
album kicks off to a rock start with "Jenny was a Friend
of Mine". The vocal quality here is awesomely unique. It's
not in any way similar to the styling of Interpol or the Cure,
but it does have that kind of instant distinction. It's immediately
infectious-loud with the neo-synth quality so popular now thanks
to bands like The Faint. It just drives you right away to shake
the booty. It goes on to "Mr. Brightside" without ceasing.
The second single from Hot Fuss, it remains driving, bouncy, building,
you dancing yet? You will be. Dancing a rock dance - the child
of ska, kind of bouncing around from foot to foot with your arms
all over the place. The kind of thing girls look cute doing and
boys can't terribly mess up. It's just happy feeling, which, I
think, comes from the guitar break that sounds a little like Ode
album settles into its style with "Smile Like you Mean It",
very synth-y in the intro but with lyrics at the forefront. It's
groovy. "Somebody Told Me" was the pre-album single-the
one with the grinding drumbeat, sweet increases in motion, and
more hook-tastic lyrics. They're clear and simple but not simplistic.
And really, it's just that he has such an amazing voice that you
"All These Things That I've Done" gives you a little
breather. It's a little more chill, a little more guitar-y, a
little less lyrical and synth-y. For the first time, the harmonies
sound similar to Queen, which I noticed again later, which is
awesome. It's a little slower and a little darkly dreamy with
"Andy, You're a Star", all strung out. But you get to
bounce again with "On Top", a positive song about the
simple joy of having a good night out with no expectations.
I really get into "Change your Mind", all major sounding
and unpretentiously upbeat. "Believe Me Natalie" is
another of the songs that make me think of Queen. "Midnight
Show" is the cousin of "Somebody Told" me. The
whole album is definitely hot, though it doesn't quite seethe
with intoxicating passion as much as it pulls at you. The album
closes with "Everything Will Be Alright". Mmm. It's
like the album is giving you some sweet, sweet lovin'. Goodbye
lovin'. Everything will indeed be alright, because I own this
CD and I can play it again and I have to go now and do just that.