Who would have thought that Brandon Flowers, front man to stadium rock band The Killers, would have brought out the most unexpected & delightful release of 2015 thus far.
‘The Desired Effect’ is Brandon’s second solo effort after 2010’s ‘Flamingo’ and whilst that included a few ditties, it never grabbed my attention too much. The same can’t be said for his latest release.
Considerably more pop than you’d come to expect, the album brings straight references to the 80s and new wave eras. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, who has also produced albums by Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferriera, HAIM & Charli XCX, the album enjoys its reminiscent sound and occasional synth patch. It sounds like something that Bruce Springsteen and the Pet Shop Boys (with Neil Tennant also featuring on the album) would be more than satisfied with conjuring up.
‘Never Get You Right’ & ‘Lonely Town’ sound almost like they’d fit perfectly on the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie, either in a midnight drive scene or a punch grab at the end of the film.
Fans of The Killers will find something to enjoy out of this whilst non-fans and his most sceptic of audiences will also appreciate another side to Flowers’ that they’d not have expected.
The dazzling synths, female backing vocals and uplifting vocals will definitely be staying around on my playlist for quite a while…It’s gonna sound so good in summer.
Definitely worth a listen, and to whet your appetite check out this: