When you put a thunderbolt in your new album logo, we expect a first single as mighty as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In the Killers’ new song “Runaways,” from the upcoming Battle Born, the band comes pretty close — and reminds us how much we’ve missed them.
“Runaways” starts off gently with some bare-bones piano chords and not a whole lot else, but it gains momentum faster than you can remember the lyrics to “Mr. Brightside.” Four minutes later, you’ve got a galloping desert rocker good enough to roll with the best of the Vegas quartet’s catalog.
Battle Born, due Sept. 18, is the Killers’ fourth studio album, and the first since 2008’s Day & Age. The record finds Brandon Flowers and the boys reuniting with producer Stuart Price (“Human”) and working with Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Brendan O’Brien, and Damian Taylor. Hear “Runaways” here:
Readers, what do you think? Looking forward to the album?