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The Killers: 'Battle Born' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Sep 17 2012

The Killers 'Battle Born' album artwork.
If lead single 'Runaways' told us anything, it's that The Killers still have the ability to tell small-town love stories over a stadium-sized production and do so very well. It's been four years since their last album Day & Age and during that time, dance music has swung its scythe and left an indie-rock graveyard in its wake. Nevertheless, the band have returned at a time when the genre's resurrection is steadily getting stronger and their new collection is sure to aid its revival.

Don't be fooled by the electronic sprinkles at the start of album opener 'Flesh And Bone', because within mere moments the guitars are revved up and burst into one of the band's classic echoing choruses. The Brandon Flowers-fronted foursome are back to doing what they do best; telling tales of heartbreak, fresh love and family disputes over a soundscape brighter than the neon lights and darker than the shady back rooms that reside in their home city of Las Vegas.

However, the Nevada natives don't solely rely on guitar solos and a towering falsetto. The tumbling drums and misty synths on 'Deadlines And Commitments' have an air of Kate Bush, while 'Be Still' is a piano-led ballad with an '80s-flecked ticking drum machine. Both cuts prove that, although The Killers are world-renowned for their adrenaline-pumping anthems, they are just as captivating during their quieter moments.

Title track 'Battle Born' is a restrained Americana blow-out with gruff guitars and a get-up and at 'em narrative, while 'Miss Atomic Bomb' basks in a production of celestial organs and pumped-up key changes not too dissimilar from their previous hit 'Human'. The collection doesn't feel like a huge departure from their previous three sets, but when it's still as exciting and enthralling as this, it doesn't really matter.



Tracks to download: 'Flesh And Bone', 'Runaways', 'Deadlines And Commitments', 'Battle Born'
If you like this, you'll like: Kings of Leon, Muse, The Strokes

Watch the music video for The Killers' 'Runaways' below:

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