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“There's no wonder why the radio stations have been...”

Written on: 05/10/2006 by PunterCam (1 review written)

Good Points
I do think 'When You Were Young' is a good track. There's a good pace to it, and it takes you back to the sound used all over 'Hot Fuss'. Not too much else really, and there's nothing that's really offensive to the ears...

Bad Points
...just nothing to really enjoy. I struggled through the album. It's predictable, and even boring for the most part. The vocals don't seem to work as well, with the sound being less 80's disco in this album. In fact, they're almost annoying in places. The song writing has taken a step back too, and all the energy that made the first album so popular has gone.

General Comments
There's no wonder why the radio stations have been completely unenthusiastic about the album since its release. It's not very good. I've read people saying "they couldn't just bring out another album like Hot Fuss, and they had to move forward". Why? Hot Fuss was a masterpiece of writing and production. There was energy and a roughness that made you excited to hear it. All but two of the songs on that album were Killer, and those 2 were hardly filler. What's wrong with that formula? I had high hopes for this album; they'd taken their time writing and releasing it, and the single was promising. Trust me, it's a let down. As for comparisons to Springsteen, that's nonsense. Poor effort boys. Nice tash in the vid though.

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Helen Of Troy's Response to PunterCam's Review

Written on: 20/10/2006

I dislike negative ratings, so I have given a helpful rating because you have written an honest review in your opinion! I have not yet heard the album, and I have been thinking of buying it. I have Hot Fuss and love it. I may still buy this album, as I have heard a few tracks off it which I like. But now I will be prepared, and I may not like this one as much. Don't you agree that it would be helpful to all if the negative raters could state why they disagree? Thanks!

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Helen Of Troy's Response to PunterCam's Review

Written on: 21/10/2006

Thanks for your comment about Sam's Town Mindy. That's the best review by comment I've read so far!!

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Mindy's Response to PunterCam's Review

Written on: 20/10/2006

<cite>Hot Fuss</cite> was hardly what I'd call a masterpiece. It was an OK first album, with about 4 fantastic songs and a lot of awkward-sounding filler. I have been very surprised by <cite>Sam's Town</cite>. I was expecting it to be garbage, but a friend made me listen to it, and I found it much more consistent a record than the debut. I think their songwriting on the whole has improved! It still sounds just like them, but with less emphasis on British music and more of an American flavour. They've used the Springsteen and Bright Eyes influences well. I like the fact it tells a story and has an overall feel and atmosphere to it, rather than coming across like a bunch of singles strung together by second-rate nonsense. I still probably won't buy it, but it's nice to see that, in my opinion at least, they've been focusing on honing their songwriting and improving, rather than on running about being famous and annoying (which they do as well). So often second albums disappoint, in that a band has little time in which to write and record them, and they often get it very wrong. This record shows a lot of thought, and I suspect it will be a grower, just like the single "When You Were Young."

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