Why The Killers' 'Sam's Town' Will Never Lose Its Touch
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016

  • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch



The Killers just released a never-before-heard demo, "Peace of Mind" in conjunction with the 10th anniversary vinyl re-issue of their sophomore album Sam's Town. The song is right at home with the others on the album with Brandon Flowers' yearning vocal delivery and chanting instrumentation.

For a lot of people, Sam's Town was a staple in their musical wardrobe, and for me personally, it still is. I'm not sure this record will ever go out of style, with its pop format, rock 'n' roll sound, and songs that all sound like a victory march. "When You Were Young" is a rock anthem that people will never stop loving (credit for that is partially due to Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but also, it's just a really good song). "Bling (Confessions of a King)" has an upbeat western vibe as Flowers sings about offering survival and running with the devil. "For Reasons Unknown" beholds the emotional lyrics, "My heart, it don't beat the way it used to, and my eyes, they don't see you no more," while once again running with the uptempo vibe. Both the guitars and Flowers' voice are packed with a ferocious energy. "Bones" is one of the more romantic songs, "Don't you wanna come with me? Don't you wanna feel my bones on your bones?" and features a euphoric stream of trumpets, once again, keeping up the energy.

The production on the record wasn't the sleekest, but that's part of the charm. It feels like we're there with The Killers as they play these songs -- the way rock music should be done. The entire album as a whole is sonically cohesive, with each song featuring catchy, anthemic choruses, rough-around-the-edges character, and vigorous spirit that will hold a sentimental place in our hearts forever.

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