The Killers - Battle Born - 602537118762 – 2 LP
Battle Born is the fourth studio album by American
rock band The Killers, released on September 17, 2012 through Vertigo Records
in the UK and the following day on Island Records in the US. The phrase "Battle
Born" appears on the state flag of Nevada and is the name of the
recording studio owned by the band, where the majority of the album was
Recorded following an extended hiatus, the band
worked with five producers during the recording of the album: Steve
Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Brendan O'Brien, Stuart Price, and Daniel Lanois.
Following the completion of the band's Day &
Age World Tour in January 2010, the Killers announced that the band would be
entering an extended hiatus. During this time, frontman Brandon Flowers and
bassist Mark Stoermer released solo albums, Flamingo (2010) and Another Life
(2011), with drummer Ronnie Vannucci releasing a studio album with his
side-project, Big Talk, and recording with Mt. Desolation. Regarding the band's
hiatus, Flowers noted, "Dave needed to see his kid and rest up. That was
just how it worked. And so we ended up going off and doing solo things, and
spending our time that way, and that was good, too. It was a good experience.
It definitely taught us different ways of thinking about music."
In October 2011, the band ended its hiatus to
begin work on a fourth studio album. Initial sessions were strained, with
Flowers noting that the band members spent "about a week just eyeballing
each other in a room."The composition of the album's first single,
"Runaways", marked a turning point in their reunion, with Flowers
noting: "That and "Miss Atomic Bomb" were the backbone of this
record. They made me feel we were on the right track." Working at their
Las Vegas studio, Battle Born, the band worked with producers Steve
Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Brendan O'Brien, Stuart Price, and Daniel Lanois. Initially,
the band had wanted to work with just one, but scheduling proved difficult
for each. The album was partially mixed by Alan Moulder, who also worked on
the band's first two albums.
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Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer & Ronnie