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I was so happy to see love for battle born but then ... wonderful wonderful deserves justice
(I mostly agree with you tho)
IDK man some of those sawdust B-sides are bangers
I’m hindsight it should have been higher.
Hot Fuss a B? You're joking right?!
Those vocals don’t age well for me!
The vocals may be dated however they’re perfect for the late 80’s new wave sound they were going for.
No brainer really his vocals are what make Hot Fuss as amazing as it is imo. You can really hear the pain and emotion in Jenny，Believe Me Natalie，Midnight Show，Andy，etc
His voice and passion is great on those songs but the filter on his voice kills it (no pun intended) to me. I almost prefer hearing those songs live because of it. I was spinning Battle Born last night and his voice really shines on that album. I get it fits for the atmosphere of that album, but it’s a little unnecessary to me.
No doubt his old British style wouldn't suit anything post Hot Fuss bar Day and Age. As for live well I much rather watch Midnight Show On Top from T In The Park 05 than any recent version. Though I will admit that his live performances back then were hit and miss，but T In The Park or Oxygen 05 are GOAT vocal performances imo and showed he didn't need the filter to sound perfect.
Battle Born indeed has amazing vocals arguably the best of all Killers albums，though each one is different in its own right. For me WW has the weakest vocals by far，and Day and Age is when Brandon managed to deliver top quality live singing on a consistent basis.
But there's something magical about T In The Park 05/07 which they will never ever repeat. Having said that I put TRNSMT 2018 in their top 5 ever shows
Battle Born does have amazing vocals indeed
The vocoder during the bridge of Smile Like You Mean It is heavenly
Every Hot Fuss song has such peefection imo.
Smile "And someone is calling my name- same streets that I did" Oh nononono ohnononono
Jenny: "She said she LOVED ME but she had somewhere to GOOO"
Believe me: Final chorus
As I said T In The Park 05 is just pure eargasm just wish they played Where Is She EWBA that day too
BF is one of my favorite vocalist but the effects on his voice on Hot Fuzz take away from his talent. I just much prefer them on all the other albums.
I agree! I know it's an unpopular opinion but the filter on his vocals turned a gorgeous, powerful voice into something very average and unremarkable.
I give this tier list a D
So...how is the Greatest Hits album C-tier if it contains songs from the tiers above it? Hmm...
Because Just Another Girl is on it. Plus I’ve never been a fan of most greatest hits album.
S - Sam’s Town, Day & Age
A - Hot Fuss
B - Wonderful Wonderful
C - Sawdust
D - Battle Born
Hot Fuss deserves better
S Tier- Sam's Town
A Tier- Day & Age, Hot Fuss
B Tier- Wonderful Wonderful, Sawdust, Dark Arts
C Tier- Battleborn, DWYW (Christmas album), Flamingo, The Desired Effect, Prisimism, Big Talk, Another Life, Filthy Apes and Lions
D Tier- Direct Hits, Straight In No Kissin'
Just to be clear, I enjoy all of these albums greatly (Direct Hits not so much as an album, but the two songs are nice), but if I have to rank them, and set tiers roughly between them based on number of songs liked per album, degree of liking per song, overall concept/theme execution, etc, then I think this is about how it would go.
Sams Town is the perfect album for me, in that I really like all the individual songs, but I also love it as an album, and I frequently start playing it and let the entire album play through start to finish without any skips, without having intended to do so. It is unique in that.
A tier: I really love both albums, but I do frequently skip a couple songs on each when I listen to them, hence being a tier lower.
B tier: I think WW and Dark Arts both make great complete concept/theme albums, but each album either has some songs I'll skip, or songs that I go searching specifically for less frequently, compared to previous tiers. Sawdust just fires a shotgun blast ^("Ringin' out like a shotgun in my head") and half hit, half don't, but there's enough hits for a kill (inclusion in this tier).
C tier: again, I love all this stuff despite it technically ranking "C" for me (which is still an "A" in the grand scheme of all music for my tastes), and note that the order within the tier is also not representative of preference. DWYW is here because it's great, but out of season and mood most of the year. Most of the solo albums all fall around here for me as well - not as great as most of the Killers albums, but all quite good and mostly of near-equal merit. Filthy Apes and Lions almost sat next to Dark Arts one tier higher, just due to how good of a hit-miss ratio it has for me, but I definitely listen to DA more, so it stays in this tier with most of the rest. Battleborn almost gets a tier higher on a similar shotgun principle to Sawdust, but there are fewer songs I actively seek out individually compared to Sawdust.
D tier: I promise I still enjoy these. Two new songs from DH just can't beat full albums of music. SINK (huh, I just realized those initials spell sink...) has a couple songs I listen to when I'm listening to Big Talk, but I find it hard to attach myself distinctly to most of the songs. Still a nice album, and I enjoy listening to it, I just can't pick out as much distinctly afterwards compared to other albums.
If there were an E or F tier, I'd say Land of the Free would go there for me, both because the poetic techniques used don't appeal at all to me (i.e. it doesn't feel like it rhymes or flows smoothly, but feels more like a speech delivered over music), and the political message feels overly blunt, without what I would call the "lyrical artistry" that some of their other politically referential songs feel to me like they've had. It feels like it's going for a lot of the same goals/points as The Queen's Finest from Dave's Prismism, but I feel that Dave's delivers its message more poetically/interestingly, and less like, well, a political twitter post.
Gotta agree with your analysis on Land of the Free. Love the message and musical arrangement with the choir, but he could’ve revised the lyrics to have the same message but better flow and effect
If I were to include BF’s albums, I would put Flamingo in A and Desired Effect in C. Another Life would be A for me as well and the rest of the Killers related albums I can live without.
S tier- Hot Fuss, Sam's Town
A tier- Day & Age
B tier- Sawdust, Wonderful Wonderful
C tier- Battle Born
S Tier- Hot Fuss/ Sam's Town
A Tier- Sawdust
C Tier- Day & Age
D Tier- WW/ BB
Only gonna include the 5 core albums...
S - Sams Town A - Hot Fuss, Wonderful Wonderful B - Battle Born C - Day and Age
S-Tier: Hot Fuss
A-Tier: Sam’s Town, Day and Age
B-Tier: Sawdust, Battleborn
C-Tier: Christmas album
S Tier - Sam’s Town
A Tier - Hot Fuss, Sawdust
B Tier- Day and Age
C Tier- WW, Battle Born
It’s crazy how even their lowest ranked albums are still amazing, it’s just that they’re other albums are “more” amazing
Sam's - best Day and age - best tour Sawdust - big time statement, flashes of the greatness to come Hot fuss - obviously lots of classics, but statement as a whole is loosely strung together Battle born - started to feel stagnant at times Wonderful - honestly not a bad album I'm just waiting for Dave and Mark to officially leave and get onto the next chapter
For me Sawdust and WW need to switch places. So do Hot fuss and Battle Born
I disagree, unfortunately
All Killers albums are S-tier, change my mind
I agree with you on Sam’s Town for sure
S - Sam's Town
A - Battle Born
B - Hot Fuss, Sawdust
C - Wonderful Wonderful, Day & Age
I whole-heartedly agree, except I'd swap Hot Fuss with Day & Age