Review: Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect

I’ve been a The Killers fan since 2005, and they are one of the most important bands I stumbled upon during those dark days post-highschool dramedy that was my life, so the solo efforts of Brandon Flowers were a must listen, at least for me.

Flamingo was a mediocre album, so it took me a while to get on board with The Desired Effect. But boy, it did have it!

Dreams Come True is a great opener, filled with promises and great poetry written by Mr. Flowers, the god himself, and it benefits from its weird choice of 80s sound combined with some gospel-y vocals. I could see myself driving on a highway, not a care in the world, knowing that everything will be ok. (9.5/10)

Can’t Deny My Love was chosen as a lead single, and it has that anthem-y feel that Flowers seems to love. Still 80s, still filled with synths, a great tune overall, but it fades quickly when compared to the other songs from the album. (8/10)

If you ever wanted to hear a new kind of Bronski Beat, I Can Change is just perfect. Brandon Flowers’ pleas are amazingly tuned into that awkward request employed by the song. Oh, and Neil Tennant! (8/10)

Still Want You is a promise, just like the whole album. Perfectly in tune with my inner self, filled with doubt, but also with certitude, you can „smell” the maturity in Flowers. (9/10)

I wish I could say more about Between Me and You, a song that, with all its Killers-y sound, feels so Flowers-y at the same time, but all I can really say is it delivers yet another promise from this great man from Nevada. (8.5/10)

Synths and trumpets, the backbone of the 80s, mixed with a disco feel, Lonely Town is the perfect anthem for the teenager in you. (9/10)

Diggin’ Up the Heart will most likely please the old The Killers fans, as it’s definitely one of the songs that bears its signature. Angst-y and valiant, I can’t say I don’t dig it, even though it lacks a personal note. (8/10)

Never Get You Right starts off as a Las Vegas story gone wrong, but then it fades into this beautifully crafted 80s gem that is layered with love and despair at the same time. (9/10)

This time touching the glam rock of the 80s, Untangled Love seems to float in a sea of indecision. With pleading vocals, and guitars to lead the way, I’m guessing that this is the most impersonal song off the album. You can’t pinpoint it on Flowers, or The Killers, or anything else, but what it seems to lack in personality is brought forward by the determination in completing it, so that must be something, I guess… (6/10)

The Way It’s Always Been explores the familiar route taken by so many The Killers songs before, but it does so in a melodic way that almost sounds like a prayer. I’d say that it’s a good way to end the almost perfect album of the Killers frontman, but I think that it kinda lacks hope. (8.5/10)

The Desired Effect is a great album, one of the greatest that feature Flowers on the vocals. It lacks the experimentation perceived on Flamingo, but it also helps him get an appropriate, personal voice. The songs blend in perfectly with Flowers’ voice, his lyrics and themes, and the extensive use of 80s sound is mesmerizing. This one’s a keeper!


Review: The Killers – Runaways

Am tot incercat sa scriu un review pentru albumul lunii iunie, care ar fi trebuit sa fie Maroon 5 – Overexposed. Somehow, n-am reusit sa ma adun sa scriu cuvinte despre el. L-am ascultat, mi-a placut, dar nu am putut vorbi despre el.

The Killers au lansat o piesa noua, alta decat traditionalul cantecel de Craciun, o piesa care va fi pe urmatorul album.

Piesa „Runaways„, ce va fi inclusa si pe „Battle Born” (fraza apare pe steagul statului Nevada) nu e noua, nu e inedita, nu e wow. E doar Brandon Flowers, plain and simple. O fi fost vreo piesa ce n-a mai avut loc pe „Flamingo” (albumul sau solo lansat in 2010), pentru ca mi se pare acelasi sunet usor ratacit si confuz, de copil care nu stie incotro s-o apuce.

Povestea e clasica. Am vazut-o si in „When You Were Young”, si in „A Dustland Fairytale”, poate chiar si in „This Is Your Life” sau in „Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts”.

Chitara imi aduce aminte de „Crossfire”. Bass-ul de piesele vechi de la The Killers. Imi place ca-mi da senzatia de hotarare, „all is settled”, „I know what I want now”.

Pe scurt, nu e nimic out of the ordinary de la Mr. Flowers & The Killers. Pe de alta parte, nici nu-mi doream. Mi-e dor de povesti despre Las Vegas, sins & sinners, oameni pentru care dumnezeu e aproape dupa o gura de alcool, mi-e dor de povestile lor care miros a iarba si tigara si a trailer park or smth.

Nimic nou, dar totusi perfect personal. Imi aduc aminte de 2009. 1 iulie 2009. Ploaie si The Killers.

PS: haven’t seen the video. Yet.