Album Review: The Killers
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

On some levels, Battle Born is almost too epic for its own good. The album art includes a muscle car, a stallion and a lightening bolt, so listeners have some idea of what they're in for. All that pomp and circumstance results in a powerful album that finds The Killers firing on all cylinders, but not always delivering. One gigantic success is "Flesh and Bone." The track, and the bonus remix, sound like something out of the 80s mixed with the Drive soundtrack and sets the bar high for the rest of the album. Equally good is the power ballad "The Way It Was," in which Flowers croons and swoons and really push his limits as a vocalist. He effortlessly elongates his vowels -- note the "daaaarrling" mid-song -- and really pushes himself. I haven't heard that much energy from him since Hot Fuss.

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