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BATTLE BORN
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From out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is en-shrined in the two words emblazoned on the ... Read more in Amazon's The Killers Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B008XHUJK8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flesh And Bone
2. Runaways
3. The Way It Was
4. Here With Me
5. A Matter Of Time
6. Deadlines And Commitments
7. Miss Atomic Bomb
8. The Rising Tide
9. Heart Of A Girl
10. From Here On Out
11. Be Still
12. Battle Born

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Battle Born is the fourth studio album from iconic indie rockers The Killers. The album was recorded in the band's Vegas studio of the same name, during which time they called upon a diverse list of production talent, including Brendan O'Brien, Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois, Björk collaborator Damian Taylor and Stuart Price. Tracks that feature include ""Heart of a Girl," "Flesh and Bone" and "Carry Me Home".

BBC Review

Since 2004’s British-flavoured debut Hot Fuss, The Killers have embraced the American landscape with an authenticity UK bands can only dream about.

With nothing but horizons in every direction, their immersion in Vegas is now complete: like Springsteen is New Jersey, The Killers are inseparable from Nevada. Hammering this point home, they have taken the name for this fourth album proper from the state flag, and it’s the distillation of everything they have done before.

It is surprising how patchy The Killers’ albums have been, a trend bucked by Brandon Flowers’ solo album Flamingo. Battle Born sits closest to 2006’s Sam’s Town, their album most lacking in great tunes, but lead single Runaways casts fears into the roadside dust. It sounds exactly how you would hope: military drums and epic verses, sparking wanderlust like a complimentary Cadillac.

Opener Flesh and Bone sounds nervous, but its red-in-the-face bluster soon settles, and the band finds its stride, Flowers singing of prom queens and lonesome dreams of twists of fate.

Deserts have a tendency to make bands serious, and The Killers are no exception – although the slightly formulaic Here With Me actually channels Simple Minds’ Belfast Child rather than U2. But if The Way It Was sounded any bigger it might be mistaken for Meat Loaf, albeit if he’d bundled Foreigner, John Steinbeck and a-ha into four glorious minutes.

Big guitars riff over widescreen escapism, until the synth-driven Deadlines and Commitments takes a break from the manly power chords, and then Miss Atomic Bomb sketches American 60s innocence watching nuclear-testing mushroom clouds while picnicking.

The surging Rising Tide struts and flicks its microphone cable like it’s been around forever, before Heart of a Girl finally succumbs to U2 influences, serving as the album’s One. The title track is as triumphant as a song called Battle Born should be.

Flowers’ recent declaration to NME that “everything will work (if) the songs are right” applies equally to his band as it does life in general. And Battle Born is a belter, an album made for bedrooms, stadiums and old-school denim jacket patches alike.

--Tom Hocknell

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132 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Mr. 880 on 21 Sep 2012
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There comes a time when you reach a certain age with music and realise that you're not going to jump up and down screaming anymore, asking what the hell was that I just heard on the radio... and where can I get it!? Gone are the days when the first riff of Smells like Teen Spirit turned you to jelly, the opening chords of Teenage Kicks left you feeling dizzy with excitement, and the clanging chimes of Born to Run made you pump your fists in the air with delight. Maybe it's age, maybe it's a rather jaded, cynical outlook we have with the music industry, if not life, these days that turns those of us of a certain generation to more contemplative reactions. So it was that I invested in the new Killers album, took one look at the cover and honestly cringed and laughed out loud all at the same time. People don't commission artists to make record sleeves like this anymore surely... do they? Horses, mountains, open roads, chinks of light beyond the threatening sky. This went out with Meat Loaf didn't it? Boston, Kansas? Any American band named after somewhere?! This can't be good, I thought. And then I started playing the record; and from beginning to end, I had a smile on my face. It was all instantly recognisable, clichéd in places, yes, stretching the bounds of even this band's ironic credibility, certainly.

But then on Runaways I suddenly found my hands holding that imaginary guitar again and powering those chords through "you know this is real babe why you want to fight it?". On Here with Me, was that really my arms in the air moving in time to "spent the summer, laying out in the sun, time went so slow"? Wait a minute, is that the sound of a crescendo building on Miss Atomic Bomb?
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By TonyPony on 20 Sep 2012
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I like this album. It's not original as such though. My first listens 'frightened me' with sounds of Voyager, Meatloaf, U2, Wilburys, Kate Bush, The Waterboys etc as some others have mentioned. These guys have really swiped (ahem, been influenced by) a number of sounds from other artists. Then I took a deep breath.

This was not the first time the Killers have done this to me. I loved Hot Fuss and Sam's town. When I got Day and Age, I think I threw it across the room after the second listen..I think it may have been the Copacabana(!) sounds of Joyride? It took me a year or two to get over that, then I saw the Albert Hall concert and realised they were still awesome and I actually liked D&A!

So what of this album? The problem is everyone expects to hear a new album the same as the last (or the one they like). In this case everyone wants the edgey Killer sound of old. Well it ain't going to happen, you are only cool for so long. It doesn't mean you a crap, just that you have developed. The old songs are still there, its a case of putting the new songs alongside them and admiring them as a collection of work. The songs of Battle Born take a while to love but then you appreciate the little licks, the lyrics and realise it is good. If they kept playing the same 'song' you would get bored and hate them for that to! You can't write Mr Brightside twice. Songs of that standard just mean the Killers will always be around. The only way you can judge the album is with time. Every great artist has duffers, it doesn't negate them as an artist, you just have to make sure you haven't missed a gem along the way.

As it is, I think this is a strong album. I give it 4 star now after 4 days of constant play. I don't think there is a bad track on it especially, if you can get past the "where have I heard this intro from..." I think a lot of the tracks will sit well with the others when they play live on their upcoming tour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kid01 on 7 Mar 2013
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It has quite simply taken the Killers until their 4th studio album to truly fulfil their promise.

After the early promise of Hot Fuss which let's face it was one brilliant EP's worth followed by the potential shown on Sam's Town which was again hit and miss the band retreated into the very patchy Day and Age. While Day and Age doubtless contains Killers classics (Human, Spaceman, Dustland Fairytale) it also contains what should have been singles' b sides at best.

Only now on album 4 do the band finally produce an album which has really great songs from start to finish and is, by a country mile, their best offering to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SamJ on 19 Nov 2012
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Battleborn is an album that I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from buying; it is well worth a listen, however, as with any three star award winners, duff tracks and album fillers are abound.

There are numerous tracks in which Flowers sounds strained and bordering on hysterical, and whilst his talent for displaying emotion is apparent, in tracks such as A Matter of Time, it becomes grating. That coupled with some plain silly lyrics (note, Here With Me) makes for a multitude of tracks in the middle section of the album to be distinctly average.

However, it is the occasional funky melody or interesting key change within these tracks that keeps them just about afloat. But it is the final three tracks of the album (particularly Be Still) plus Miss Atomic Bomb, that really give Battleborn a rousing pick-me-up and worthy of fifty minutes of your time.
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