The maxim about solo records here at Contact Towers never lets us down: the reverse of Jim Steinman's compromise epic, we always find that two out of three are bad, an equation you can hang your hat on at our expense with any bookie you like, with of course an honourable nod of exception to the likes of Damon Albarn and Thom Yorke.
Brandon Flowers couldn't be any more solo at the moment it seems. Three years since The Killers were in meaningful action (a couple of upcoming US festival dates don't feel like hard currency), the guy who it was once written has nearly all of their creativity resting on his skinny shoulders is footloose and fancy free to follow up 2010's 'Flamingo', released during the group's original hiatus. A band who've gradually slipped into rock 'n' roll cliché fulfilment - from not speaking to each other to conversely making unspeakable albums like the 'Day & Age' - being the man who writes the songs that make their whole world sing doesn't seem to faze Flowers; on the contrary 'The Desired Effect' is written in bolder, more flamboyant strokes than its predecessor.
He remains, though, something of an enigma; the first Killers album borrowed so heavily from the British indie rock of his youth it felt like an homage, but here whilst a similar vintage is being uncorked era-wise, the principle is more home grown. This time our hero is channelling the bandana-clad, post-blue collar spritz of mid-eighties Springsteen, retranslating its hinky, oil rag etiquette for the social media age. This doesn't mean he spends 'The Desired Effect' awkwardly talking about killing the yellow man, but otherwise he's at pains to underline that his 21st century Babylon is no place for quitters, especially in the words of 'Between Me And You', a song staged in a place where true love is little more than a blood sacrifice to the demands of the American way.
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This week, The Killers frontman dominated the chart all on his own.
After taking over London in a series of gigs this week, Brandon Flowers has also conquered the UK Charts. His second solo album, The Desired Effect, now sits pretty at the top of the album chart. It was a close race between Flowers and fellow indie frontman Paul Weller, but eventually Flowers’ album finished 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of the rock veteran.
Flowers and his shiny jacket took over the UK charts this week.
Flowers played one date in Dublin and two at London’s O2 Academy in the past week. In the next few days, the tour will hit Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham.
Continue reading: This Week's Album Charts: Brandon Flowers, Paul Weller, Sam Smith
But there’s no stopping OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ in the single’s chart.
The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has scored his second UK number one solo album after The Desired Effect went straight to the top of the charts this weekend. Flowers’ previous solo offering, Flamingo, took the top spot in 2010, while The Killers’ have scored four number one albums in their career so far.
Flowers has topped the UK album chart for the second time.
Flowers outsold his closet rival Paul Weller by just 5,000 sales with the Jam frontman’s Saturn’s Pattern entering in the number two spot. In the number three position was last weeks chart topper Mumford & Sons with Wilder Mind, which slipped two places, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 enjoyed its 30th week in the top 100 at the number four spot.
Continue reading: Brandon Flowers Tops UK Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'
Goshfather & Jinco unveil their remix of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers' solo single 'Can't Deny My Love'; the first release from his recently released second album 'The Desired Effect'. His latest single is 'Lonely Town'.
The frontman releases his second solo album 'The Desired Effect' on May 18th.
Brandon Flowers might be about to release his second solo album, The Desired Effect, but the singer’s main focus is still his band The Killers, a group who he feels are still under appreciated in the music world. Speaking to The Independent Flowers said The Killers, “might be the best band in the last long time” and he’s ready to put them to the test against any other act of the past 15 years.
Flowers is about to release his second solo album.
“Whether the people want to accept it or not, we might be the best band in the last long time!” Flowers claimed. "I'd go up any night against just about any band that's come out in the last 15 years. Not that it's a competition, but I do feel sometimes people don't have a grasp on what we've accomplished and what we've acquired.”
The Killers' lead singer, who is about to release his second solo album, hinted that the group may have to rediscover its desire before they make any more albums, but insisted "it's coming".
He might be about to release a solo album, but The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers looked at what the future might hold for his main band in a new interview, admitting they might “need a little kick in the pants” to get their act together.
Flowers was speaking to Rolling Stone magazine ahead of the release of The Desired Effect, the second album he’s made away from The Killers. However, he reassured fans of the group that rumours of them being on “hiatus” are exaggerated.
The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers is releasing his 2nd solo album in May
Brandon Flowers - Shots from this years Tribeca Film Festival and Lincoln Motor Company's 'Sinatra at 100' Film and Music Centennial Celebration which was attended by a variety of stars and held at the Spring Studios in New York, United States - Tuesday 21st April 2015
Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, will release 'The Desired Effect' in May, preceded by a single 'Can't Deny My Love' in March.
The Desired Effect will be preceded by a single entitled ‘Can’t Deny My Love’, officially released on March 23rd. Flowers will also be building up to the release date with a series of small club shows and a handful of select festival appearances. The first of these will be at New York’s Webster Hall the day after the single’s release.
Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers will release a new solo album in May
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A top 10 voted for by online listeners revealed, plus some of our favourites
We’ve all heard our fair share of daft lyrics in pop songs, but now there’s been an attempt to subjectively decide which song contains the weirdest lyric.
Brandon Flowers is the writer of the weirdest lyric ever ('Human')
Continue reading: The Killers And Other Really Weird Lyrics
The rockers return with a new single and the promise of a singles compilation album.
'Shot At The Night' marks The Killers return ahead of the release of their upcoming singles compilation album, Direct Hits, that will include all their hits from 2003 to 2013. The Las Vegas rockers are heading home for their latest song, with a video that celebrates the romance and thrill of night time in Sin City with a modern Cinderella story.
Brandon Flowers Unveils A New Look.
During the video, we're given shots of Brandon Flowers' new look. Gone are the flamboyant suits, wee moustache and the embellished shoulders as the lead singer eschews his Day & Age attire in favour of slicked back hair and a leather jacket.
Continue reading: The Killers Are Back With 'A Shot At The Night' In Sin City [Video]