Flamingo - Deluxe Edition
Review by Penny K
I have been putting off listening to Brandon Flowers’ solo effort “Flamingo” for a while. I have sufficient admiration for The Killers frontman (not enough, however, to make me want to keep a moustache too) and I didn’t want his first solo album to put me off him.
Bearing the title “Flamingo”, Flowers pays homage to Flamingo Hotel & Casino in his hometown, Las Vegas. But there is no glamour to this album’s cover – no bright lights, no vice – just Flowers sitting in a hotel room with head in hands. Just like Flowers to give depth to everything he does.
Much like the album cover, the music in this album is reveals another side to Flowers; it is more personal. Going solo also grants him greater poetic license to delve deeper into religious imagery and metaphors. Don’t forget that while Flowers is a song and dance man, he’s also a religious man.
“Flamingo” is a good fix for those yearning for The Killers’ synthpop anthems. It’s easy to imagine tracks like “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”, “Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts” and “Crossfire” and “Was It Something I Said?” being performed before a full crowd at a mammoth concert arena.
But what about the rest of the album?
I like “Hard Enough” featuring Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. “Only the Young” is another track to listen out for – by the way, it has been confirmed as the next single in an interview Flowers did with German Radio. “Swallow It”, in spite of the way it sounds, is really more educational than perverse.
For a solo debut, Flowers hasn’t done poorly. Nope, not bad at all. “Flamingo” charted in the UK on September 12, 2010 at Number 1. Other notable performers who have released solo albums after achieving fame with a group, which also reached Number 1, include Sting, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Paul Simon and Gwen Stefani.
It is at times hard to differentiate between the music in “Flamingo” and the music created by The Killers thus far. That’s why I believe Flowers is better back with the band. But till the next The Killers album, “Flamingo” is a pretty darn good substitute.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
Only The Young
Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts
Playing With Fire
Was It Something I Said?
On The Floor
The Clock Was Tickin’
I Came Here To Get Over You
Right Behind You
“Flamingo” courtesy of Universal Music Singapore