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Battle Born

The Killers - Battle Born
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Ratings: #855 / 1031
User Score
Based on 253 ratings
2012 Ratings: #210
Liked by 4 people
September 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
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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.

"Battle Born" features two of the best Killers songs, "Miss Atomic Bomb" & " Runaways". Unfortunately, the rest of the album repeats the same formula throughout its 51-minute runtime and it relies too much on 80's Heartland nostalgia. Even The Killers don't like this album... yeesh.

Fav Tracks: Miss Atomic Bomb, Runaways, Here With Me, The Way It Was, Battle Born

Least Fav Tracks: Be Still, Heart Of A Girl

Although not the best Killers album, it is much better than I would have anticipated. Brandon Flowers is consistently one of the most standout rock front-men in the last two decades, capable of displaying powerful emotion and a unique voice with his performances.

Battle Born is a strong album from this perspective, with Flowers performing his best even if these songs are not the groups most strongly written material. They are pop-heavy and catchy, even close to a heartland rock sound from my ... read more
Downhill we go...

Ok, so, this album is... the worst record from the Killers. It's kinda odd saying that because this record goes back to the band's roots. But, they don't, this feels incomplete to say, because nothing really feels fleshed out or with a complete idea to it. I really like the singles and those are the highlights of the album (as always), and there's a decent song here and there, but, the whole album feels repetitive, this is where Brandon and Co. start trying to become the ... read more
Let's start with the good, shall we? Brandon Flowers sounds as wonderful and emotive as ever, and tracks such as Miss Atomic Bomb, A Matter Of Time, and From Here On Out are just as brilliantly catchy and fun as anything else found in this band's brilliant discography. Okay... the rest of the album... is a frustrating string of songs that fizzle out, and have about as much character as being stuck in traffic on your local high street, as opposed to a scenic tour-de-force in a 1950's Cadillac in ... read more
Battle Born is fun, danceful and radiates joyness. It's a perfect package to a summer trip if you just wanna have something to get your mind off the problems and sing the sticky tunes this record offers while you drive - doesn't mean you just have to listen this while you're in the road, it can be listen to at home if you're feeling alone or bored. A perfect gift from The Killers.
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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
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Added on: July 26, 2012