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Flamingo Import

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2010 debut solo album from The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. Inextricably tied to Vegas in both showmanship and ideology, Flamingo is a bombastic 10 track collection of stadium-ready songs that runs the gamut from expert pop executions and forlorn electro dirges to gospel tunes and even Blues-tinged Rock.

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Earlier this year, the Killers decided to take some time off - but not Brandon Flowers. "I don't blame them for taking a break," says the singer, 27. "But I'm always writing, and I wanted to chase these songs. I also have a fear that if I stop for a year, it might mess me up." Working mostly with Madonna producer Stuart Price and Daniel Lanois in tandem (Brendan O'Brien also produced a few cuts), Flowers has made a solo set that walks a line between the Killers New Wave rock and a more rootsy sound. Named after Flamingo Road, an off-strip Vegas street that Flowers calls his "Penny Lane," the LP features tunes about his spiritual beliefs ("Playing With Fire"), regret ("Hard Enough," with Jenny Lewis) and the seedy side of his hometown ("Welcome to Fabolous Las Vegas"). He'll support the disc with a tour in the fall and reconnect with the Killers in early 2011. "I seem to be at the age where you peak, and it freaks me out," he says. "I don't want to miss my chance." -- Rolling Stone, July 8-22, 2010
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B003NX6ZDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
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What is it with the negative mentality from fans when a lead singer goes solo? I am glad I grew up during a different era when it was just fine for a lead singer to go solo with fans. For example, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, David Lee Roth, Peter Cetera, Jon Anderson, etc., etc. Nowadays it seems there's this negative element involved for no really good reason.

Brandon Flowers of The Killers releases his first solo album and it's, "This isn't what I expected" or "This is another Killers album" or "The fans who give this positive reviews are deluded", etc., etc. The fact of the matter is The Killers are popular right now, "Flamingo" entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in the top ten, the first single "Crossfire" has done well on the charts.

Also, Flowers brings in the heavy artillery with three great producers: Stuart Price (New Order, Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Pet Shop Boys, Gwen Stefani, Seal and Keane), Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel and Robbie Robertson) and Brendan O'Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Korn, The Offspring, Train, Bruce Springsteen, Incubus, The Music, The Wallflowers, Audioslave, The Bravery, Velvet Revolver and AC/DC). This has ensured a quality product. Plus a duet with Riley Kilo's lead singer Jenny Lewis on "Hard Enough".

I listened to all three Killers albums in sequential order prior to listening to "Flamingo", and I have to say I liked "Flamingo" slightly more than The Killers albums. This is the first album where I felt there was a musical unity throughout. I did not feel, upon repeated listening, that there were any weak tracks here. Some are better than others, but overall the album sounded good, not great.
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First off I would like to know what is it about the songs Brandon Flowers writes that makes them so addictive? I was orginally going to give the deluxe album four stars. I thought the only thing lacking was the magic that you get with the Killers other albums but then again this is just one fourth of the Killers. However I caught myself singing four of the songs without realizing it and that was after only three listens. I didn't even know all the words yet! However the tunes were stuck in my head. Strangely enough I DON'T really like country music at all and was greatly surprised the most country sounding song on the album The Clock was Tickin'is one of my favorites. It brings tears to my eyes everytime I listen to it. The album is wonderfully written, very clever and at times humorous. Very well done Brandon! Not a bad song on the album. I can't wait to hear what the Killers do next!
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This review includes "The Deluxe Edition" additional songs.

The Killer's Brandon Flowers has always been one of those frontmen who seem to be specifically built for the limelight. Often built so well that being backed by a band does not due because of the desire to express himself with his own creativity with his own fenceless boarders. Flowers has accomplished that with "Flamingo," his first solo effort. The album is made up of The Killers styled ballads, but lacks the grand scale of some of the band's outings. To put "Flamingo" in perspective with The Killer's own music...Flowers brings a lot more "Human" than he does "Somebody Told Me." Which might be a good thing or bad depending on why you enjoy The Killers music. But it is safe to say that with Flowers, you will enjoy the album if you are a fan of The Killers, but if you are not a fan of the band, you probably will not be a fan of this music.

Track to track ratings:

1.) Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas 3/5
This track is obviously an introduction to the album. It seems like it introduces the concept of the album. Being that Flowers and The Killers's hometown is Las Vegas, this is an ode to the city in some regards. It comes off a little more of a commercial for the Strip than anything else, but is still a very listen-able track that does not need to be skipped. However, after a couple of listens, many will.

2.) Only the Young 4/5
"Only the Young" will come across to listener's immediately who enjoy some of The Killer's more "ballad-like" tracks. It reminds me of "Human," but lyrically sets it apart. It is a very introspective account from Flowers that is touching in its tone and speed. It is a track that will give the listener a clue as to what is to come throughout the album.
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This year was a big year for Killer's fans. While the Killers decided to go on break lead singer Brandon Flowers recorded a solo album called Flamingo in early September. The Killers are my favorite band and I was excited to hear any new material even if it was only from one of its members. I followed the release very closely finding live versions of many of the songs before the official release. Having a good idea of the main concept of the album I had a good feeling about things to come.

The album drops and to my surprise it was awesome. In terms of how it sounds compared to the Killers it is missing that stadium rocking sound however, the sound and meaning is still present. There are a few songs that sound straight from a Killers album such as Crossfire and Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts. Flowers is responsible for most of the song writing for the Killers anyway so there isn't much of a leap in his solo work. The appeal of the album for me is the lyrics and music produced by Flowers. While many of the songs start off soft and low, they usually build up to a more energetic climax near the end. One in particular, Playing with Fire, is fitting used for Flower's closing song in live performance. A majority of the songs replace that Killers guitar sound with synths and acoustics, but the songs themselves could easily be adapted into the Killer's repertoire. The is also one song that I have to commend for its amazing lyrics. The track entitled Magdalena is a song written by Flowers inspired by a religious pilgrimage in Mexico. If you can a chance I urge you to give the song a listen, and more importantly look up the lyrics. The lyrics are truly dynamic, and if read without music it would sound like something out of a novel.
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