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Flamingo

Brandon Flowers

Flamingo

Debut solo album from frontman of Vegas based indie superstars, The Killers

ADM rating[?]

5.3

Label
Mercury
UK Release date
06/09/2010
  1. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Flowers, a nice Mormon boy, has always been a fish out of water in the context of rock'n'roll's amoral hedonism, and he's at his best when he allows this to inform his songwriting
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  2. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    If you’re a Killers fan, you’ll definitely find something to like here
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  3. 7.0 |   music OMH

    It's clear from Flamingo that Flowers accounts for the lion's share of talent in The Killers, and if they ever go on definite hiatus, their fans can look forward to more consistently good material
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  4. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    If it were not for the fact that this album bears Flowers name instead of The Killers, you would think that this album is merely a fourth release from the band
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  5. 6.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    Flamingo sound surprisingly modest
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  6. 6.0 |   State

    Flowers shows glimpses of what he’s capable of constructing as a solo artist
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  7. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    The disc’s ’80s-inspired synth-pop beats and Springsteenish heartland rock won’t surprise anyone who’s heard Sam’s Town
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  8. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Flamingo is actually better than you'd have any right to expect
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  9. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    The songs are all Flowers' work, so there's clearly some shared DNA with the Killers, but Flamingo is distinct from the band's braying indie rock anthems
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Almost as good as The Killers, but not quite. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Sticks doggedly to the blueprint of his band's grandiose Americana. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   The Independent

    There's no sense, as one hopes with solo projects, that we're privy to some hitherto repressed musical urges
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  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Sporadically likable, if not exactly lovable
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  14. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An occasionally interesting, sometimes unintentionally hilarious mess of a concept album that’s about as tasteful as the city that inspired it
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  15. 5.0 |   The Observer

    He can still give good chorus, but that's not enough to disguise the pervasive air of conservative self-importance
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  16. 5.0 |   Spin

    Minimized guitar bluster emphasizes his ample vocal assets, but Flowers wilts when the sunny tempos subside
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  17. 5.0 |   BBC

    Although much of this sounds like fairly standard Killers fare, there’s nothing that can quite match Mr Brightside or Read My Mind. Some arrangements are unimaginative, and there’s a slight feeling of blandness about the whole
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  18. 5.0 |   The Digital Fix

    There seems to be a lack of Killer-esque pure oomph in Flamingo, cancelling out the otherwise perfected purity of his vocals and leaving it feeling, dare I say it, a bit limp in places
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  19. 5.0 |   NME

    A soft-rock drivetime radio album. Print edition only

  20. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While good in parts, Flamingo is really dragged down by the songs which have grand adornments which are out of proportion with their artistic merit
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  21. 4.0 |   Culture Deluxe

    You can’t help but wonder how the rest of the band usually have an effect if Flowers alone sounds little different
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  22. 4.0 |   The Quietus

    Flamingo is an album horribly hamstrung by its ill-placed predilection for being A Very Important Thing Indeed, whereas what it actually is is a disinteresting folly
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  23. 4.0 |   The Fly

    An undeniably catchy listen but utterly baffling in its inability to connect or convey feeling
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  24. 4.0 |   Uncut

    A gloopy mix of mid-80s soft rock and air-punching choruses. Print edition only

  25. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    A glitzy spectacle on the outside, but mostly hollow at its heart
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  26. 2.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Now that he’s burned through more cliche lyrics and uninspired piano lines than I previously thought possible for one album, maybe he’ll be rejuvenated with fresh ideas for the next Killers record
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  27. 2.0 |   PopMatters

    Lyrical hokeyness pervades Flamingo, turning timeless themes into connect-the-cliché
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