Battle Born
The Killers - Battle Born
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #803 / 928
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2012 Ratings: #199
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A.V. Club

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


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.


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

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.


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

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.

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. 


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.

Mar 14, 2016*
Battle Born sees the Killers make a nod to their home of Nevada. Their sound slows down, and it is more ballad and alternative. Needless to say, the Killers have been growing up and their music is reflective. Despite this, the Killers find a way to build space for themselves in the early 2010s indie scene.

Favorite tracks: Runaways, Miss Atomic Bomb, The Rising Tide
Jan 23, 2015
The most underrated album of their discography.
Dec 16, 2014
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.
Jul 11, 2014
Stand-Out Tracks:3
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Nov 18, 2013
Best album of the year. Best band around the world.
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Track List
  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

Added on: July 26, 2012