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NTW - The Killers


The Killers, "Battle Born"
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As befits a band that calls Las Vegas home, the Killers specialize in opulent spectacles that cater to working-class dreams. Their fourth full-length strikes a fine balance between glitz and grit on cuts like the propulsive "A Matter of Time," the chemistry between Brandon Flowers' histrionic yelp and nervy new wave riffs occasionally recalling Ric Ocasek and the Cars. High-end production by myriad pros, including Brendan O'Brien, Steve Lillywhite and Stuart Price, bumps up the widescreen melodrama: Opening anthem "Flesh and Bone" and piano ballad "Here With Me" both reach the furthest cheap seats easily with oversize sentiments intact. - K.B.R.

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