‘Battle Born’ is killer
Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012 18:09
New wave meets old school on “Battle Born,” the new album by The Killers. The band merges their usual sound with a classic rock edge for their fourth studio album.
Their new album is infused with touches of pop, electronic dance music sounds and strokes of classic rock that the Las Vegas native rock quartet are known for. The band named their fourth studio album after the logo on the Nevada state flag and their Vegas home studio.
After six years spent touring the globe, the band decided to take a short break in 2010. Band members Brandon Flowers (lead singer and keyboards), Mark Stoermer (bassist and backing vocals), Dave Keuning (guitarist and backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci (drummer/percussionist) all pursued separate projects during the hiatus. The Killers began working on “Battle Born” in May of 2011, and now they have finally made their triumphant return after the 2008 release of their album, “Day & Age.”
The band explores different avenues with their music in “Battle Born,” but does not deter from the essential sound that they are known for.
The first single “Runaways” stands its ground against other Killers hit singles like “When You Were Young,” “Bones” and “Human.” The single begins with a mellow piano introduction that transforms into a heart-pounding melody that would electrify any crowd. “Runaways” brings summer, love and memories of carefree youth to mind. It is one of those songs you cannot help but blast with the windows down while riding around looking for what to do on a Friday night.
“The Way It Was,” is a dive into 80s-inspired guitar work. Just like “Runaways,” this song keeps the fluidity of the album intact and pushes it forward. The lyrics, “When we met, did you forget all about those golden nights?” reminds listeners of past memories that they try to forget.
“Battle Born,” the final song on the album, provides an ambitious closing to the album.
This song has sparks of Freddie Mercury and another great guitar buildup. The lyrics, “The season may pass, but the dream doesn’t die” help bring back the point that no matter what hardships or minor detours are in your way, you should never give up.
“Battle Born” is currently available in two versions, the regular CD with 12 tracks and the deluxe edition that includes three bonus songs. “Battle Born” can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes or any music store near you.