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Brandon Flowers 

Flamingo (island)

When bandleaders go solo, the results are invariably similar, even when the leaders insist it’s different (Matthew Good, Dave Matthews, Gwen Stefani). But so what, when they’re packaged in a tacklebox full of hooks? Flowers treads familiar Killers ground here, to the point where the chorus for “Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts” is a reshash of “Mr. Brightside.” But he’s baroque and broken-hearted, country-tinged and synth- supported---it’s glorious and ear-wormy. Opener “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” is a declaration, an album thesis statement, finding our hero in a burned-out car and it doesn’t get better from there. But it sounds amazing.


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