Mosaic / Music / Reviews / September 29, 2010

Flamingo doesn’t fly south

Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers created a solo album titled Flamingo, which gives you the flavor of The Killers in a more refined package. Flowers trades in his synthesizer for a more Americana sound, so there is a lot less energy in this album. The intro song “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” is still theatric, as expected from the flamboyant Flowers, yet it feels a little pulled back. Themes of how small town America mixes with big town glamor that occur throughout The Killers CDs are very present in Flamingo, but with a Bruce Springsteen Americana feel. “Only the Young” is a catchy song where Flower’s voice sounds softer than in most songs. Flamingo is definitely a good CD but it is hard not to compare it to The Killers and expect the same amount of energy. Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley duets with Flowers on “Hard Enough.” Her voice works well to conceal the whine Flower’s voice tends to adopt. A definite progression for Flowers in this solo album is the focus on lyrics forming a story that are more than back up to music. Each song tells a story that is separate than the others, but each fits into the overall story. “Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts” is a Middle America love story with a danceable beat. “Playing with Fire” combines a piano with fiddle and gospel backing vocals. Flamingo is still Flowers, but a glammed down version that is back to the roots of classic rock.

Jennifer Lloyd

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