The Desired Effect

Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #437 / 771
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2015 Ratings: #270
May 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island, Vertigo / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Effect telegraphs a freewheeling kind of joy that Flowers hasn’t shown since the Killers’ earliest days.

80
DIY

It’s a little bit Eurythmics, a little bit Footloose and then a bit of everything in between. Here is Brandon Flowers being potent and playful, funky yet flourishing.

80
Exclaim!

If this isn't Brandon Flowers maximizing his potential as a songwriter, producer and artist, then we just haven't heard it from him yet. For now though, The Desired Effect is the best thing he's given us.

80
AllMusic

The album finally finds Flowers achieving an unmistakable sound of his own, with the kind of effortless sophistication that a seasoned musician hopes for. 

80
Drowned in Sound

The Desired Effect is self-aware but not self-congratulatory because Brandon Flowers just really loves pop music. He’s basically made an encyclopaedia of it to prove it.

80
The Line of Best Fit

While the Killers hinted at a love for smooth AOR, this screams it.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

The record is weighty, but with a defter, more nimble touch than on prior efforts. There’s little to inspire vitriolic hatred on The Desired Effect — it just may force a smile on the most coldhearted of critics.

70
NME

For all its slavering over archaic ‘80s production cheese, ‘The Desired Effect’ is a consistently impressive collection – probably the strongest Brandon’s produced since 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town’.

70
Rolling Stone

The Desired Effect is easily his strongest work since the Killers' 2008 keeper Day & Age, and it's similarly full of synth-disco flourishes.

70
Spin

The Desired Effect succeeds more often than not, goosed by the possibility that its gleaming, Ariel Rechtshaid-produced surfaces might attract radio programmers besotted with Avicii.

70
musicOMH

Overall, this is arguably the most consistent album Flowers has ever been involved with. The Desired Effect has no qualms about its quest for chart dominance and, for a performer who’s never hidden his ambitions, it’s a good fit.

60
Sputnikmusic

The throwback vibe that permeates the record is an enjoyable twist, but from an artistic, lyrical, and experimental perspective, it is still pretty vapid. This is a slightly disappointing – but still good – release from an artist who has done much better and much worse.

60
The Guardian

It’s music that zealously welcomes you into the confetti-filled party before hastily asking you to take off your shoes.

60
Under The Radar

For one thing, his lyrics are still endearingly rubbish ... He also defers too many vocals to his backing gospel singers, and his synth pop sound does nothing to distinguish this from his work with The Killers.

58
Consequence of Sound

The Desired Effect contains some of Flowers’ strongest material. Bringing producer Ariel Rechtshaid onboard worked wonders for this synth-laden collection despite a reportedly tension-filled recording process.

56
Pitchfork
Flowers gives off charm and stupidity in the same breath and it is as comforting as it is disposable. It’s the mark of a pretty good pop star.
50
Clash

Ever the paragon of naïve sincerity, he has self-belief and determination in spades, but these 10 tracks continually buckle under the weight of Flowers' torrid lyrics, mind-numbing cliches, and woefully derivative song structures.

75
This album "breaks no ground", but is full of good songs, and ideal for a long drive in the car. This is the Brandon of the best days of the Killers
JotaBrasil
84
Quando escrevi o Primeira Impressão do álbum do último álbum do The Killers, Battle Born de 2012, eu afirmei que ouvir o trabalho era como ser "transportado para um trailer no meio dos Estados Unidos no final de 1987 como um adolescente ouvindo música e sonhando com o futuro". The Desired Effect, segundo álbum solo de Brandon Flowers, vocalista do The Killers, tem uma atmosfera parecida com uma mudança importantíssima: o ... read more
Sinestroll
64
Best Song: Still Want You
SportCollective
85
In 2010, Brandon Flowers came out with his first solo album Flamingo and it appeared as though Flowers may have fallen into the pit hole that trips up numerous frontmen gone solo. While Flamingo had its fair share of highs, its lows felt like rejects from a Killers B-sides record, and there was not enough to really make that record stand out on its own. It was simply the album from the guy from The Killers. This time around, he teamed with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Sky ... read more
ThinqueByTone
87
Great album. Has a lot of energy, does the 80's feel just right. Took me back to childhood a little.
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Track List

  1. Dreams Come True
  2. Can't Deny My Love
  3. I Can Change
  4. Still Want You
  5. Between Me and You
  6. Lonely Town
  7. Diggin' Up the Heart
  8. Never Get You Right
  9. Untangled Love
  10. The Way It's Always Been 
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