Like so many other acts of their ilk, the Killers received some animosity-fueled reactions to their sophomore album. In their case, it was the intense sound shift that took place following their break-out debut, the synth-heavy, Brit-poppy Hot Fuss. But after that, frontman Brandon Flowers wanted to take his band in a different direction.

Sam's Town is a Springsteen-indebted trip through guitars, Americana, and raw vocals. And because it was such a huge left turn, many were left shaking their heads and wondering where the magic of Hot Fuss had gone. The thing is, it never left, it just manifested itself differently.