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The Killers - Battle Born

The Killers - Battle Born
CRITIC SCORE
61
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Rank: #576 / 664
USER SCORE
65
Based on
45 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Instead of being blandly polished, The Killers come off sounding like an excited young band with something to prove.

70
NME
NME

If you’ve the stomach to set aside your indie sensibilities and endure the occasional terrifying flashback to ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, ‘Battle Born’ holds some majestic moments.

70
Paste
Paste

Battle Born forges deeper into their distinctive traits and away from the compromises with radio or current trends

67
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

If you already don’t buy into The Killers, you’ll probably find Battle Born even more bloated, ridiculous, and over-the-top than anything else they’ve ever done.

50
musicOMH
musicOMH

Battle Born is music played in the past tense. Perfect, imperfect, pluperfect. Mostly imperfect.

40
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

After making it big off the back of a Murder Trilogy, The Killers seem at a loss as to where they’re heading next.

40
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The tragedy of Battle Born is that even when it shouts at the top of its lungs, it never reaches that special place that the band accidentally trips into with their best material. 

30
PopMatters
PopMatters

When you add it all up, Battle Born is a confused mess of an album, drenched in influences but positively overextended in its execution, the band trying way too hard to do something grander and more complex than what they’ve done before.

User Reviews
dyelir
73
Springsteen? Not quite. Actually, not even close. But what we get from The Killers here is a refinement of what they showed us in Sam's Town: wondrous and heartbroken lyricism (and only using the synthesizer when it is needed). Miss Atomic Bomb is a classic star-gazing-friday-night-first-kiss tune, although it's more sophisticated than any pop-punk track compared to it. And with that, Battle Born lets us know that classic rock can sound good even with a modern twist.

rapmartin12
67
Stand-Out Tracks:3
- None

95
Best album of the year. Best band around the world.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 18, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Island
GENRE: Alternative Rock
WEBSITE: thekillersmusic.com
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Added on: July 26, 2012