The Killers – Battle Born (2012)

Solid if inconsistent, this studio album by The Killers highlights the band’s strengths: Namely, a sonic identity that’s somewhere between radio-ready alternative rock and retro-1980s synths, direct lyrics that are easy to follow without being overly simplistic, and, most significantly, the distinctive vocal stylings of lead singer Brandon Flowers. However, some of the band’s weaknesses appear here as a series of negligible mid-album tracks like “The Riding Tide” and “From Here On Out” that hobble the album’s momentum. Nevertheless, tracks like “Flesh and Bone,” “The Way It Was” and “Deadlines and Commitments” are on hand to strengthen the overall experience of the album and make it a rewarding, satisfying rock record.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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