I'm not a huge Killers fan - I liked a few of their singles, but have never felt the need to delve any deeper. I heard Brandon Flowers talking about his solo album on the radio last week, and I thought that the lead single, "Crossfire" was pretty catchy, so tried the album on a whim.
Before posting, I took a look at some of the reviews on here, and was amazed to see one-star reviews with comments like "dull", "lyrics are random, meaningless drivel", "bland", "pedestrian", "turgid". Are these people listening to the same album as I am? Or have they got the vinyl on the wrong speed?
"Flamingo" is a stunning album. It's almost a concept album - a love-letter to the city of Las Vegas - and it is filled with catchy, uplifting, anthemic songs that you will be humming for weeks. If you aren't singing along with the opening track "Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas" within twenty seconds of hearing it, go and see your doctor, as you may well actually be dead. To the person who thinks the lyrics are "meaningless drivel", try actually thinking about them - they are far from meaningless if you understand the context.
I've just listened to the album three times in succession without a break - I can't remember the last time I heard an album that I couldn't wait to put back on again as soon as it finished. I'm now in my forties, but very rarely an album comes along that makes me remember what it was I loved about music as a teenager, about how I could lose myself in it, and this album has done that.
Probably the best thing I've heard all year - if this is what Brandon can do without the Killers, I can only suggest he ditches them and carries on on his own in the future. Can't recommend it highly enough, even if you aren't a Killers fan - absolutely storming.