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This review is from: Battle Born (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 20 Sep 2012 18:04:15 BDT
Gordon C. Tait says:
Yeah...developing in the wrong direction. You're either an indie rock band...or now producing the kind music that everyone else is doing. Studio tinkered dance sounds. Was there actually a drummer on most of these tracks? Nope!! Very poor show from a band that used to be very anthemic. This is very watered down for them.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2012 23:27:26 BDT
Mr. Samuel Memour says:
I have to disagree. They sound like a proper band again to me and this is their most consistent album yet. I dont know what it is about this band, but their stuff always gets better with time.
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 12:49:27 BDT
Victoria Jenkins says:
I agree with your review :-) I really wasn't taken with what I heard on the first or second listen, but after 5 or 6 listens through I'm enjoying most of the tracks now. I don't think TK worry too much whether they are perceived as 'indie' or not, Ronnie did say years ago that they wanted to write songs that anyone could enjoy.
And the songs do sound a lot 'bigger' live; I recommend the Amex Unstaged concert on YouTube from last week, where they play 4 of the new songs. They sound pretty good!
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