Battle Born

The Killers - Battle Born
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Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #813 / 946
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Based on 148 ratings
2012 Ratings: #254
September 18, 2012 / Release Date
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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.

Boring pop rock that goes on for way to long and all sounds like the same generic and boring song. Sad that this is what has become of the band that made such classics as Hot Fuss and Sam's Town.

Best Track: Be Still
Worst Track: Deandlines And Commitments
Eu comecei a escutar o novo álbum da banda The Killers com o pensamento de "vamos ver o que tem para hoje?" e quando terminou estava praticamente jogado no chão gritando: "obrigado, meu Deus!".

Do segundo que começou a primeira faixa do álbum até o seu final fui transportado para outra era. Uma era relativamente não muito longe em tempo "real", mas longe em tempo "artístico": os anos oitenta. Todos sabem ... read more
This just isn’t as good as it could’ve been, they had everything to make this good, but still, they deliver 12 tracks and most of them just feel boring or repetitive, I still have to give it to them, Miss Atomic Bomb is incredible.

Favorite tracks: Miss Atomic Bomb, Runaways, The Way It Was

Least Faves: Heart Of A Girl, Be Still, Flesh And Bone
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.
I'm not a huge fan of The Killers, so listening to this project, I don't really find the album that memorable. The album is good, don't get me wrong. The singles are probably the best songs in the album. They're all fun to listen to, and can fit in any mood. The overall album just wasn't memorable. Some tracks feel boring to listen to and ruin the excitement that the first three songs established. But overall, it's not bad.

Favorite Songs: The Way It Was, Here With Me (Standout), and Miss ... read more
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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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