Battle Born (LP)


The Killers

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After the self-described “playful” sound of their last album, Day & Age, and time off for solo albums, The Killers are back in full anthem-rock mode on Battle Born. Brandon Flowers is at his most divaesque on “Flesh and Bone,” like the spawn of Bruce Springsteen and Alison Moyet. “Runaways” finds the band performing U2-style high-drama romanticism, a more grown-up version of the kind of thing they did years ago with songs like “Mr. Brightside.” Production from high-profile producers like Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois and Brendan O’Brien give The Killers the glossy sheen they’ve always leaned toward but shied away from completely embracing in the past, and they sound at home now with that added aural warmth. It certainly is fun to hear them take on the hair band power-ballad on “Here With Me,” co-penned by Travis’ Fran Healy. They throw fans of their post-punk side a bone with some of the guitarwork on “A Matter of Time,” though the “it was the light, it was the moon” drama of the rest of the song leans it away from Joy Division and more toward Bonnie Tyler. However, Bonnie Tyler is awesome, and The Killers shouldn’t be dismissed for embarking on the dude-diva-rock track on Battle Born. “Deadlines and Commitments” seems to find unlikely yet fitting inspiration in Kate Bush, and the irresistible teenage jam “Miss Atomic Bomb” is kind of like “Bette Davis Eyes” from the male perspective, complete with “Mr. Brightside” reffing guitar lines. It’s clear The Killers are fighting to win back listeners with the heartstring-strumming Battle Born. For the most part, resistance is futile.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Flesh And Bone
The Killers 04:01
2.
Runaways
The Killers 04:06
3.
The Way It Was
The Killers 03:54


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Here With Me
The Killers 04:54
2.
A Matter Of Time
The Killers 04:13
3.
Deadlines And Commitments
The Killers 04:24


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Miss Atomic Bomb
The Killers 04:54
2.
The Rising Tide
The Killers 04:20
3.
Heart Of A Girl
The Killers 04:36


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
From Here On Out
The Killers 02:30
2.
Be Still
The Killers 04:35
3.
Battle Born
The Killers 05:17

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