Album Review: Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect

The Desired Effect by Brandon Flowers

#aotd is The Desired Effect by Brandon Flowers. The Desired Effect is the second solo album from The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. The album’s sound varies between Pop-Rock and Indie-Pop all with a very retro flavour. Before listening to this album I have to admit I was cynical at its premise. The Killers have never really interested me outside of their great singles and consistent live show but their considerably talented frontman seemed like a bit of a knob. Thankfully, my limited enjoyment of The Killers did not hinder my listening experience with The Desired Effect. The pleasant throwback melodies on songs like “Still Want You” and “Can’t Deny My Love” are impossible to not enjoy. The album uses more organic sounding instrumentation than your typical Indie-Pop album which supports the retro vibe it shoots for. At times it can feel like this retro vibe hurts the album as it tries so hard to sound familiar it feels like a cheaper version of a much better older album. Brandon’s performance ranges from awesome to mediocre, I wish he would sound a bit more enthused at points but the excellent production and instrumentation carries him pretty well. This album is a pretty fun throwback pop album with some really great singles and while it rides the nostalgia train a bit hard, if you are looking for that kind of thing then look no further.
Rating: 3.5/5

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