Here is a post for Vancityrockgirl… the new Brandon Flowers’ solo record Flamingo is out today.
First listen and I must say, I do enjoy it.
The man is having a pretty good couple days. His record has already gone #1 in the UK and it was also announced that he is expecting another young’n to his family brood.
I have always loved the Killers and so far so good, the solo stuff is as good… or maybe better than some of the Killers songs.
If you’re a Killers fan, you’ll easily get into the solo stuff. Flowers has stated that many of the songs were destined to be Killers tracks but when the band went on hiatus, the Dad had to stay working, so solo it is.
The Zone is jamming out the lead single right now, “Crossfire” (number 1 on NME).
Picking a favourite album cut is a challenge right now during this first listen as I have enjoyed all the songs. The opener is pretty cool… I could see it being a travel theme song for my favourite Rock Travel Agent, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”
“Hard Enough” is sexual as its a duet with Jenny Lewis and she’s hipster cuteness.
“Playing with Fire” isn’t doing it for me. Maybe he’s singing about being a Mormon or something? I don’t get it.
“Magdalena” might be another religious song. maybe he is singing about a Spanish sweetheart? Lots of different southern Mexican sounds mixed into the epicnessisms of Brandon Flowers. Songs builds into an expansive Western Film sounding song. go Mexico! I think A Perfect Circle rocked this subject matter harder.
Near the end of the record we get to the hit, “Crossfire.”
You already know this cut and have an opinion on it.
The record ends with “On The Floor” and “Swallow It.”
“On the Floor” calms it right down after the more energetic radio single. trying to like it but sadly… skip.
And now the closer, “Swallow It.”
Brandon are you singing about a young lovely swallowing your knob? Maybe its a metaphor for life, but it seriously sounds like forcing your wang down someone’s throat who might be performing oral for the first time.
Well there is no “Parental Advisory” on the cover, and he is a married family man… so I guess its a metaphor for life. Sorry to take this to the gutter, but come on… listen to the song.
OK lets add it up.
I’ll give the record 7/10.
Brandon, you won’t be getting into UVic with that grade… but a couple years at Camosun, keep your nose to it, you might make something of yourself.
The record is overall enjoyable and if you’re already a Killers fan, I’ll put a recommend on this record.
Go with yourself.