Hot Fuss (studio album) by The Killers (US)

Hot Fuss by The Killers (US)
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-06-07
Overall rank: 205th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 1,460 votes)
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From 04/22/2022 10:56
This album is extremely front heavy and the second side does not live up to the expectations created by the first 5 songs. All of these first 5 songs are a creation of pure energy and are irresistibly infectious. The choruses are brilliant and you leave this album with at least one of those 5 songs in your head for the rest of the day. However, after this we have a significant drop off and I do think every other track is filler and could really be cut from the album. I think it is because the melodies aren't as strong on these final tracks and so the group get a little exposed for being a bit simple and repetitive. Songs like Believe Me Natalie and Midnight Show are just bland for me and I keep checking the run time to see how long is left by the time these songs come on. Overall, if they could maintain that energy and quality of those first 5 tracks then this album would justify itself for being amongst the greatest.
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From 12/31/2021 13:32
Agree with many of the other comments on here. Half of the album is fantastic, the other half is very meh. My favourites are On Top, Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, Mr Brightside (overplayed but still not old to me) and Smile Like You Mean It. Andy You're A Star, Believe Me Natalie and Everything Will Be Alright are very forgettable and the rest of the tracks are good. Still rate this very highly though, but it would be a lot higher if a few of those filler tracks were better.
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From 07/16/2021 19:33
Conseguiu ser popular e bem criticado.
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From 04/03/2021 19:54
I agree that it would be difficult for any artist to follow the excellent first 5-6 tracks. Each one is lightning in a bottle.

There's some good stuff on Side B, but the gap in quality with Side A is still glaring
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From 02/07/2021 10:41
Fantastic singles, but the rest of the album can't keep up.
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From 03/06/2020 03:33
I can agree with the comments about unevenness to a degree. The first 5 tracks are certainly all-time classics, but because they're so good, any song would fall short for almost any band.

However, Andy, You're a Star, Believe Me, Natalie, and Change Your Mind are all good tracks as well. Maybe they lose luster in the context of the album, but still good songs! But the other second half songs are certainly a step down.

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From 01/19/2020 01:32
The beginning of this album is one of the strongest 5-track runs I can think of; unfortunately it overshadows the back half of the record. The Killers came out swinging with this one and so many of these songs are instantly recognizable, there is no denying that Hot Fuss is a formidable force.

Favorite tracks: Somebody Told Me, Mr. Brightside, Jenny Was A Friend of Mine
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From 01/04/2020 06:22
The first five songs on this album - Jenny is a Friend of Mine, Mr Brightside, Smile Like Your Mean it, Somebody Told Me and All These Things that I've Done - are incredible songs and singlehandedly elevate this album to an all-timer. Even if the second half were all crap, those first five songs alone would make this album a must-listen. It just so happens that the second half of songs are pretty decent in their own right as well. I think the first half of Hot Fuss is superior to the second half - which is much more forgettable - but overall, the album is fantastic. I like Sam's Town better, but this album is easily one of the most indie albums of the 2000s.
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From 08/09/2019 10:46
I pretty much have the same problem as a couple of users before: The first 5 tracks are pure indie-rock-perfection, while the rest can't hold up with it. But honestly I always liked Hot Fuss for its celebration of glam and weirdness. Some second-half-tracks like Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll or Everything Will Be Alright feel just so over the top, that I can't help but smile and enjoy. So yeah, Hot Fuss could be better, but I like it for what it is.
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From 08/01/2019 13:16
One of the most uneven albums of all time. The first 5 tracks are an easy 90-95/100 average with everything after that being a 75/100 at best. Good listen though

Favorite tracks
1) All These Things
2) Mr. Brightside
3) Jenny
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