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  • Summary: The fourth release for the Las Vegas pop band features production from Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Brendan O'Brien, Stuart Price, and Damian Taylor.
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Here With Me
Wheels are turning I remember when you were mine Now just to reach you Baby, I'd stand in line But there's another world We're living... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Battle Born is the kind of rock 'n' roll record that almost nobody makes anymore: it's bombastic and excessive and oversized, but it's also a grand and universal statement, a master class of album structure and sequencing, and a culmination of everything Brandon Flowers and The Killers have done up to this point.
  2. Sep 14, 2012
    80
    Battle Born is a belter, an album made for bedrooms, stadiums and old-school denim jacket patches alike.
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    For the first time, the ballads are as memorable as the dance cuts.
  4. Oct 4, 2012
    65
    Naturally there some moments where having too producers and visions hurts them, but for the most part, the band sticks to the formula that's worked in the past.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    With their simultaneous emphasis on the pedal-to-the-metal triumphalism of rock's yesteryear and their ultimate submission to tomorrow's grinding machinery, the Killers' new album may as well be called Battle Born This Way.
  6. Magnet
    Dec 4, 2012
    55
    They too often edge into Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman territory, where every detail becomes a cause for operatic exaggeration and any clunky line or cliche sounds ridiculous. [No. 93, p.56]
  7. Sep 24, 2012
    30
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    Fulfilled expectations! The huge anthem "Flesh and Bone" combined with hit single "Runaways" and the fan favorite "The Way It Was" are onlyFulfilled expectations! The huge anthem "Flesh and Bone" combined with hit single "Runaways" and the fan favorite "The Way It Was" are only the beginning of a magical trip through the deserts of Nevada. The third single "Here With Me" (with a music video directed by Tim Burton) paints The Killers with slow ballads like never before. "Matter of Time", the weakest here, begins great but kind of loses control in the middle and then gets it all together to finish with class. "Deadlines and Commitments", another one of the fan favorites, is filled with synthesizers and brilliant drumming by Ronnie Vannucci. The epic "Miss Atomic Bomb", a partner to the band's hit single "Mr. Brightside" from 2004's "Hot Fuss", is a strong track that remembers U2's "The Joshua Tree" days, resembling "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "With or Without You". Great work by guitarist Dave Keuning here. "The Rising Tide", a track The Killers produced, is a strong rock 'n' roll song with synthesizers and strong vocals, not the highlight of the album, but a great track. "Heart of Girl" shows Mark Stoermer at his best while playing his bass guitar while the lyrics flow greatly with the story. "From Here On Out", an almost-country song has a slide guitar memorably performed by Keuning. "Be Still"is a track that deserves attention as it present us Brandon Flowers' best vocal performance ever. Excellence is written all over this album with tracks like this and the last one, the title track, one of the highlights of the album, together with "The Way It Was", one of The Killers' best tracks. Please, also make sure to check out the deluxe edition tracks, specially "Carry Me Home", an excellent work by the band. To conclude, this is a killer album and is worth your time. Expand
  2. Sep 23, 2012
    10
    This album was amazing! I heard a bit of Sam's Town and Brandon's solo album Flamingo in here, which wasn't bad because I really loved Sam'sThis album was amazing! I heard a bit of Sam's Town and Brandon's solo album Flamingo in here, which wasn't bad because I really loved Sam's Town being my favorite out of everything they released. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    10
    well you should know before hear this album:it's the perfect combination of all the other 3 albums toghether and we can take from this thatwell you should know before hear this album:it's the perfect combination of all the other 3 albums toghether and we can take from this that this it's a masterpiece!! the whole album its something very pleasure to be hear the sound of guitar the brilliant vocal os brandon flowers..and plus i can image the band playing Flesh and Bone in the shows:it's going to be amazing congratulations for this brilliant album Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2012
    8
    This is a great album for critics to hate and fans to love. For those of us focusing on the influences that the band draws in their newestThis is a great album for critics to hate and fans to love. For those of us focusing on the influences that the band draws in their newest work, this seems to be nothing more than a cheap Bruce Springsteen imitation with modern spike and drama. It is actually a dynamic, diverse outing that should very well stand as a paradigm of rock exhibitionism that does not exist anywhere else in today's music scene. It's well conceived... Flowers has been floating in space for a while, and it has done him some good. I thought "Day and Age" was their best attempt because of its sheer naive elegance, and it may still be. Still, Battle Born is a great entry into the catalogue, and shouldn't be missed by anyone who has even the most basic appreciation for decent, sincere modern rock music. The indie rock influences are delightful at the albums most repressed moments. Please give it a try; at the very least, you will be happy that you heard some half-creative radio fodder. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2012
    7
    When I first put on this album for a listen I got very excited, the opening track, Flesh and bone is my favorite song on the album possiblyWhen I first put on this album for a listen I got very excited, the opening track, Flesh and bone is my favorite song on the album possibly because it was also used as the preview song for it.

    But after runaways I noticed that the album defiantly slows down in pace and only a few songs pick the pace up again. Most of it appears to be ballads and slow songs which is fine but with an album title of battle born I was expecting more songs like the first two that opened it.

    Overall, a good album if you are a killers fan but could have used some more anthem songs.
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  6. Sep 18, 2012
    7
    Pode ate não ser o melhor cd do The Killers na minha opinião (embora dos criticos seja). Mas é um cd bom, e ainda parecePode ate não ser o melhor cd do The Killers na minha opinião (embora dos criticos seja). Mas é um cd bom, e ainda parece o The Killers (defeito?). Algumas musicas são muito parecidas!!!Mas ok! Expand
  7. Feb 12, 2013
    0
    Finally, after a four-year hiatus, The Killers broke the silence with their fourth studio album, 2012’s Battle Born. Turns out silenceFinally, after a four-year hiatus, The Killers broke the silence with their fourth studio album, 2012’s Battle Born. Turns out silence would’ve been easier on the ears. This album couldn’t have been further from Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town if they’d tried (and they may’ve; it’s really bad). It’s almost as if they decided to remake Day Age with more engineering and less emotion (if that’s even possible). I don’t know who their target audience is nowadays, and I’m not sure they do either; all I know is that it can’t be the same people who made their earlier works fly off the shelves, skyrocketing them into superstardom. I guess “what happens in Vegas” really should “stay in Vegas”. My guess is that The Killers will be reduced to ‘house band’ at Caesar’s Palace in no time. On a positive note, Battle Born makes me appreciate Day Age a lot more than I ever thought I could. Oh, and I think it’s time for The Killers to change their name to something a little less aggressive, such as “The Whiners” or perhaps “The Fray”. They don’t deserve a cool name anymore. Expand

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