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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Review: The Killers - Hot Fuss CD

I don't listen to the radio, watch much TV or read music mags so I'm happily oblivious to whatever's hep. A while ago I heard Franz Ferdinand was retro New Wave, which I love as long as it doesn't copy Duran Duran or Culture Club, but their hit had a horrible beat once it kicked in and I dented a finger in my panic to turn it off.

Now that I'm writing again I'm also reviewing, so when I saw The Killer's Hot Fuss on a co-worker's desk I said to myself "self, them there's content!" It's not bad but not great. There's a few hits but nothing for me to slap on a hits comp. What I do like about it is that it's popular without being crap, so maybe good New Wave is back in style and the world will be a better place for it.

Reviews mention Oasis as a huge influence. If I've ever heard an Oasis song it wasn't intentional. What I hear in The Killers is The Cure, The Smiths, U2 and The Beatles (especially the last track). The dance songs have a nice beat and the slower songs are melodic, but nothing's knocking me out. The thing gets more heavily produced and orchestrated as it goes along, if that means anything.


Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

The Chameleons, too, as "Mr. Brightside" sounds suspiciously like their song "One Flesh."

Both they and FF seem to me to be a lot of musical sturm and drang producing only modest results.

1:18 PM

Blogger Emerson said...

Hey Newey!

You sure know your new wave. Glad to have you aboard. "New Evolutionist" has been my favorite New Musik song for a few years now. "Chik Music" will never be played again.

1:37 PM


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