Review: The Desired Effect by Brandon Flowers

The Desired Effect by Brandon FlowersMuch like in his previous record, Brandon Flowers has obviously had a lot of fun. Compared to Flamingo, the Killers frontman’s solo debut, The Desired Effect embraces its 80s roots even more – down to the album art, and to having Bruce Hornsby play the keys for one track. Sure, the album has its problems: like its predecessor, it can be pretty uneven stylistically, especially in the latter half, where either Brandon’s stopped paying attention, or I have. (There’s this sudden jump towards the carnival that I’d rather forget.) But The Desired Effect works in that, at least when taken individually, the songs are tighter and more focused, especially on the first half, where the mood goes up and down in a sensible manner – no shocks, just all out atmosphere, a committed romp through cheesy 80s pop-rock. Again, it could be my attention flagging rather than his, but I did wish the record was more its front half than its back half. [NB] | 3/5

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