In an era when the airwaves are with synthesized dance music and hip-hop numbers, The Killers take listeners to a place where old school rock and roll and modern instruments and techniques create a reimagining of arena rock.
The Killers’ fourth studio album provides a more focused approach than their previous endeavors. Brandon Flowers, the band’s frontman and songwriter, presents listeners with some of his strongest and craftiest lyrics yet.
Flowers’ voice is strong and powerful. On “Runaways,” Flowers croons, “I won’t let you runaway,” enticing listeners to stick along for the ride and enjoy the synth-infused rock and roll.
There is an adequate use of a synthesizer incorporated in the album, but it does not diminish the power of the guitar or Flowers’ voice.
“From Here On Out” is a track that sounds extremely similar to Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” and Flowers’ lyrics paint a vivid picture of taking the unbeaten path and living with the consequences.
On the final track Flowers’ voice soars high, singing, “you’re gonna’ get back on your feet, ’cause you can’t stop now,” the sound resonates with emotions of inspiration and determination.
Battle Born’s influences from great artists such as U2, Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen are found throughout the album, but The Killers continue to hone their signature sound and solidify their place among the top rock and roll bands.
The album is available on iTunes for $9.99 or $13.99 for the deluxe edition.