Flamingo - Brandon Flowers
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  • Summary: Known as the frontman for Las Vegas-based rock group, The Killers, Brandon Flowers ventures out on his own with a solo debut that sounds achingly similar to the melodic, Vegas-themed music of his band but with a more self-conscious approach.
  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. While Flowers is a bit more reserved in his solo outing, Flamingo still retains a bit the thematic charm of a typical Killers album.
  2. Flowers feverishly blows up the songs as if they're helium balloons bound for the stratosphere. Any sense of restraint - which, granted, has never been the Killers' specialty - is steamrolled by one bombastic chorus after another.
  3. Flamingo will keep the fans from growing rabid while The Killers take a break, but if Flowers releases another solo album before reconvening with his colleagues, teeth might well be bared.
  4. Flowers plays it too safe. For a record about Las Vegas, he sure doesn't gamble much.
  5. From Flowers' five-dollar words to the operatic bombast, every little moment of Flamingo carries weight, which means every moment cancels out the one that came before: it's all sequined stage costumes shimmering under blaring lights.
  6. Many people who have heard Flamingo have said it sounds a lot like a Killers album. Wrong. It is more that The Killers' albums sounded like Brandon Flowers solo albums, with a bit of indie guitar on top to snare those Reading & Leeds headline slots.
  7. Let's hope that Flowers isn't the next Morrissey, putting out one brilliant album for every three duds. At that rate, we only have to suffer two more Flamingos to see what Flowers is capable of producing as a solo artist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    Brilliant album! All the songs are good. Where as most albums have a couple of songs that you just simply skip over this album doesn't. My favourite album at the moment and one of my favourite of all all time. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2010
    Think it's great. A good traveling album in my opinion, something to take away when you're far from home. Love most of the intros on this record, it builds well, possibly 1 or 2 fillers here and there, but the rest is good. I'd recommend this to anyone who just wants to chill out to a relaxing record of songs. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2010
    Ignore the critics! Like all the music of The Killers, this album requires a second listen (or maybe even a 3rd) to truly appreciate it. Several songs contain the kind of brilliant hooks that the Killers are so adept at, which will keep you coming back for another listen. Despite being accused of writing cliché lyrics, Flowers manages to take a cliché, and, in true Vegas style, sing it with just the right tone and emphasis to make un-cliché it. There are some songs I don't care for as much as others, but the songs that stand out are good enough to make up for those that don't. Flowers shows once again that he is versatile, drawing inspiration from several genres. Again, like the albums of The Killers, Flamingo seems to be unclassifiable-by using a little bit of everything, Flowers has made a sound of his own. It isn't The Killers, although the there are echos of The Killers on every track. It is something unique that only Brandon Flowers, in his own unclassifiable way, can define. If you like The Killers, buy this album. You will be entranced by it's hooks, and compelled to, for just a moment, see the world as it must appear in the noonday sun on the Vegas strip. Expand
  4. MD_
    Sep 15, 2010
    Eight is a charitable score, in truth. Eight is a step below greatness, and while Flowers' debut, Flamingo, is not a truly great album, it is a very good one for what it tries to accomplish. In relation to its peers' (and Flowers' own musical Alma Mater, The Killers') work, it is deserving of a low eight.

    It is a strong pop-oriented album that lacks the indie sensibilities that seemed to weaken Day & Age and perhaps the strongest effort the young Las Vegas resident has afforded us, solo or otherwise.
  5. Sep 15, 2010
    As a big Killers fan i found this album underwhelming alot of the songs sound like Killers lite , there's not alot of experimentation or ambition on this record and overall the songs just aren't that strong , there are a couple of highlights in Only The Young and Playing With Fire but still both songs seem overproduced , the bonus tracks are a treat (especially 11 , 12 and 14) they are far more interesting and better lyrically than the majority of songs on the main album.

    Flamingo is okay but not great
  6. Pat
    Sep 21, 2010
    Not terrible. It's a bit like a B-sides album for the Killer's Day and Age. Killers A-side albums are fairly different sounding from each other. 'Playing with Fire' is a good high point of the Flamingo. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2010
    If you're looking to listen to an exuberant, mind-filled artists with ace songs, look no further than The Killers. But really, don't look further than that, because their frontman Brandon Flowers made a flop of a decent record with "Flamingo". Really, "Crossfire" was the only track that had garnered any of my interest. Well, maybe also the exception with "Only the Young". But the rest of the record sounds like an obvious revision of Sam's Town into some sort of "looking back to my childhood" feel, rather than the latter's "Young boys wanting to grow up to be men" feel. Ultimately, my point is that this album had hype to it, but failed to live up to it. But, Flowers did appear to make an effort on the record, but recycling idea is not the best way to do so, thus I give the record a "2 out of 5 stars" a.k.a. a 4. Collapse

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