Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Song: Runaways
Artist: The Killers
Album: Battle Born

After a brief hiatus in which band members explored other musical projects, The Killers are back with their fourth album, "Battle Born" which is set to be released in mid-September.  The first single, "Runaways," has just been released.

I enjoyed both Brandon Flowers' solo record "Flamingo" as well as drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.'s side band Big Talk, though neither lived up to the best they'd done with The Killers... and I was, despite killer single (and semi-head-scratcher) "Human" a bit disappointed with their last record, "Day & Age."  I feel "Battle Born" is an important record for the band.  They need to come back hard.

At first listen, "Runaways" is pure, classic, Killers... the Springsteen aping, Americana poetry lyrics, and catchy New Wave-ish guitars and light keyboards.  It might not have the punch of "When You Were Young," but hey... what does?  That track is a stone-cold classic.  But repeated listens really bring the charm of the song out, and while it's no new ground for the band, I'm excited to have them back.

Rock music certainly hasn't seen it's share of hit songs as of late.  Can The Killers bring it back?


Battle Born

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