Clearly frustrated with achieving success as the favourite guilty pleasure of international ex-Duran Duran fans, Vegas Mormon Brandon Flowers leads his bandmates toward Serious Artist with the pseudo-working-man's rock operatics of Sam's Town. There're still enough frilly bits intact on the Killers' sophomore disc to satiate those whose love of Somebody Told Me hinges on its camp value. Faux Brits Louis XIV lend pomp as a men's choir on the title track and the vaguely Queen-y My List, surprisingly sweet ballad Read My Mind boasts as many instant ear-worms as Mr. Brightside, and producer Flood lets the lads indulge in Born To Run rock sax and swoony strings. Actually, Flood prevents the album from collapsing under the weight of its own ambition, keeping the epic anthems in check as he did with bombast-friendly U2. All told, Sam's Town works well as a cohesive album, despite its delusions of grandeur.