In the Post #64: Brandon Flowers

By on Friday, 18th June 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Life needs to give Brandon Flowers a break. The man more famously known as the frontman for Las Vegas mega band The Killers lost his mother to cancer earlier this year, resulting in mass Killers tour cancellations. The band agreed collectively to go on hiatus this year, after 6 years of near non-stop touring. However, if rumours from Paste Magazine and elsewhere are to be believed, Flowers himself did not want to go on hiatus, leading to his desire to record a solo album. I chuckled to myself as Killers fans argued lustily among themselves as to what this meant for the band’s future. Is this the end of the Killers? Or is this a stop-gap? (Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci joining forces with members of Keane, Mumford and Sons, and Noah and the Whale on a project called Mt. Desolation didn’t help matters.)

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to frontmen going out on their own, because usually they are ego-stroking exercises and not much else. (Had you asked me about the potential of a Brandon Flowers solo career 5 years ago, I probably would have given a different answer, because back in those days of ‘Hot Fuss’, I was a full-on Brandon Flowers fangirl.) But now, as a fairweather Killers fan, I nearly couldn’t tell the difference between this taster, ‘Crossfire’, from any other Killers track upon first listen. At first, it seemed like well trod-on territory: wasn’t there a Killers song, ‘Bones’, with the words ‘don’t you wanna feel my bones on your bones?’ Time and time again they’ve gotten their fans, male and female, hot and bothered with saucy, sexy lyrics. ‘Crossfire’ has vibes from ‘Hot Fuss’ (their first) and ‘Day and Age’ (their third) albums, which further adds to the confusion.

But even if you aren’t a fan of the entire package, here’s the kicker: Flowers’s voice is clear as a bell – unwavering, without the urgency of ‘Mr. Brightside’ or the outer space ridiculousness of ‘Spaceman’. The maturity is evident, yet you can also hear regret and sadness. Now I can’t get it out of my mind, and when I hear it, tears stream down my face. I have to say Mr. Flowers, you have won me over. I’m looking forward to Flowers’ full album, ‘Flamingo’, scheduled for release in September.

You can listen to Brandon Flowers’ ‘Crossfire’ on his official Web site.

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