The Killers Battleborn Review
Battleborn by The Killers was expected by fans with a feeling of dread: it seemed painfully clear that the band members had grown apart and that the songwriting and production process wasn’t going to be easy.
The hope was that The Killers would not stray too far away from the punchy retro rock with synth that had make tracks like “Smile Like You Mean It” instant classic. There was quality in the melody and chord progression in a song like “Dustland Fairytales” that left other bands jealous.
Sadly, Battleborn is like Native by OneRepublic: polished, over-produced, and lacking inspiration. The raw and minimalistic chemistry of the band has been replaced by a contrived effort to get something out there. The good news is that The Killers have a faithful and enduring fan base that is willing to see them live and willing to wait for the next release, if there is one. At some point, the pressure of being a successful band becomes destructive, but these four musicians have proven that they have what it takes to traverse even the Nevada desert.