Review: Battle Born by the Killers

Battle Born by the KillersThe Killers return with what sounds like a promising fourth record. Battle Born starts with a swagger that the band’s experimentations in prior albums seem to have lost (and I’m not saying this to diss Sam’s Town or Day & Age). “Flesh and Bone” and carrier single “Runaways” gets things going, and then it somehow sputters towards the second third. It’s not that they lost the swagger: it’s just that they fail to offer something else after hooking you in. It’s not to say it’s a disappointing album entirely: “The Rising Tide” and “Deadlines and Compliments” see Brandon Flowers and company toe the line between the glamour of Vegas and the grit of the rest of America – which is what they did well, really. For what it’s worth, Battle Born is a good return for the Vegas foursome. It just could be better. | 3/5

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