Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
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Based on 22 reviews
2010 Ratings: #810 / 879
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Based on 59 ratings
2010 Ratings: #240
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September 14, 2010 / Release Date
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Although this is a solo album, the material is not much of a stretch of the imagination away from normal Killers fare. It's similar to Thom Yorke's solo effort: where Yorke was able to focus more generally on an electronic approach to songwriting than with his Radiohead bandmates, Flowers is here able to bring his brand of synthpop to more of an extreme without having to worry about indie-rock sensibilities. The result is a collection of charming tunes that hold together well even though there aren't standout tracks with deep hooks like Mr Brightside or Somebody Told Me.

"Flamingo" is a solo project that has plenty of catchy and ballad-like songs, which Brandon Flowers seems to be very accustomed to. It lacks depth and isn't really that cohesive, but it's still an interesting diversion from The Killers' norm.

Fav Tracks: Crossfire, Playing With Fire, Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts, Only Young, Was It Something I Said

Least Fav Track: Hard Enough

It has some nice tracks, like "Crossfire", but overall, it's nothing more than a decent alt-rock record with somewhat shallow songwriting.

Light 6/10
A rather good album with some moments that are just not as good as they think they are (cough cough Hard Enough)
Flamingo is a record which is quite relaxing and easy to listen to on a surface level but does lack depth. Flamingo is very happy go lucky, If you like Brandons singing on his Killers projects you will likely like it on Flamingo as well, however this record is far from the sound of your usual Killers record. It's a lot less rock and a lot more ballad pop, which isn't inherently a bad thing and does give this record its own unique personality.

Best Track: Playing With Fire
Worst Track: Welcome ... read more
I absolutely adore Brandon Flowers' works with The Killers and this album is no exception. There's some insanely catchy songs on this LP and his love for Las Vegas shows in every single song.
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#30/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas 
  2. Only the Young 
  3. Hard Enough
  4. Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts 
  5. Playing With Fire
  6. Was It Something I Said? 
  7. Magdalena 
  8. Crossfire
  9. On the Floor 
  10. Swallow It

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