Brandon Flowers, Flamingo
The Killers have been sliding towards blandness since the completion of their terrific new-wave debut Hot Fuss and lead singer Brandon Flowers’ first solo jaunt Flamingo doesn’t seek to reverse this trend.
So if you found The Killers’ 2008 LP Day & Age to be a snooze-fest then you’ll likely find this to be the sonic equivalent of Mogadon.
There’s plenty of Killers-style operatic pop, thematic explorations of godliness versus Las Vegas glitz, gambling metaphors and overblown production. But all the studio work in the world can’t hide the weak songcraft and the lazy arrangements.
Flamingo is the last gasp of a man fresh out of ideas, or a man sitting comfily on his laurels. Either ain’t good.
Review: Alison Grinter