There will always be rock music albums that will go down in history as classics in their own right. It doesn’t take a rock and roll enthusiast to tell you that something like Led Zeppelin IV or The Dark Side of the Moon are some of the best examples of rock and roll ever made. But what about those great albums that seem to slip through the cracks?
As long as rock and roll has been at the top, a lot of it is about being in the right place at the right time. Not everyone can find themselves in this happy medium, and sometimes some of the greatest albums go by without you even noticing. Then again, some of the fans may not have been ready for these albums when they were released, which resulted in them either being swept across the board or completely ignored depending on how they sounded.
In hindsight though, these were the albums that really changed the game in the rock world and showed their respective acts headed into uncharted territory and in fact made some decent jams between everything. While some might call these fan favorites or hidden gems, they certainly deserve to be at the level of true classics.
One of the common problems that every rock band faces is recovering from a hit album. While making a great album can be great for a little while, there comes a time when you need to stick with it. And when it’s one of the greatest beginnings of the modern age … no pressure, right?
Well, the Killers seemed to have at least an idea of where to go after Hot Fuss, looking to expand their sound with a classic rock sparkle that was a lot more rustic than usual. But Sam’s Town was not as well received as their debut album, with some fans thinking it was too ambitious and saying that classic rock in the era of pop punk and nu metal was probably not the best choice. . What they lacked were some of the best songs the band would ever write.
It really marks the moment Brandon Flowers started growing as a lyricist, with singles like When You Were Young sounding so bombastic they could practically be a snippet from a Bruce Springsteen record. The singles aren’t the only bright spots here either, with deep cuts like Uncle Jonny showing off their raw edge and Flowers’ lack of vocal effects making it sound a lot rawer on For Reasons Unknown. While there isn’t a Mr. Brightside or even Somebody Told Me here, you’ll never find another Killers album that sounds as human as this one.