Paradoxically, however, these megalomaniacal delusions redeem Town and, in fact, make it musically superior to (and more consistent than) Fuss in almost every way. Strong melodies and memorable hooks are the rule rather than the exception (highlighted by the quasi-psychedelic fuzz-drone "Uncle Jonny"), while keyboards are integrated far more effectively (check out the airy synths sneaking in under U2-like ribbon riffs on the title track), making the Killers seem less new-wave and more, well, muscular. Add in flashes of that ol' "We can do anything together, babe!" charm ("But I know that I can make it/As long as somebody takes me home"), and Sam's Town is a place well worth visiting if only for a brief vacation.
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