Flowers buried by his lyrics
Brandon Flowers, the leadman for The Killers, just released his debut solo album Flamingo, which went straight to No1 on Britain's album charts. Flowers originally wrote Flamingo for The Killers, but recorded it himself after they went on hiatus. The result is reminiscent of the band's sound, although with a much more personal touch.
Welcome to Las Vegas, a tribute to Flowers' hometown, is a likeable if unimaginative pop anthem. Its cliched lyrics are compensated by his sincerity.
Hard Enough is a charming love duet with RiloKiley's Jenny Lewis, and perhaps the highlight of the album. A delightful scattering of piano notes perfectly complements their voices. The lyrics are a little hackneyed, but the grip on tempo and beat is masterful.
The first single from the album, Crossfire starts slowly, but picks up to become a decent heartland rock song. Still, you can't shake the feeling that it could have been so much better.
Ultimately, Flamingo never wows, and seems to be just short of becoming a good album. Flowers sings easily within his comfort zone, churning out unremarkable tunes with unremarkable lyrics.
Every song is a solid piece of work, with only the occasional cringe at what Flowers has to say.