Photography by ladymonroe…
Well… this is surprising.
As you know, I like the occasional Killers song, already something that puts a dent in my “indie cred”, but I’m pretty sure today’s surprise obsession is going to wipe out any little bits of cred I had left. Yeah… I really like Flamingo by Brandon Flowers.
After the Weezer meh-fest yesterday and knowing that Flamingo was sitting on my iPod, I thought, for a second, that I might turn this weekend into TSURU’S GONE NEGATIVE week, but as I listened, at first I wasn’t offended or annoyed. I was pleasantly pleased. Surprised, I listened again, but harder, sure I would find some blemishes, some big sour pimples all primed for poppin’..
But all that happened was I liked it more. And then some more. Soon, my head started forming a connection, no not to the Killers and not to the holy Sufjan Stevens / Arcade Fire / Animal Collective trinity of Indie, but actually to Neil Diamond.
Yeah, “huh?” indeed.
Does he sound like Diamond? No. Does the music? No, well maybe on a few songs, after all Neil did cover quite a few genres in his career and so does this album, but that’s not what I’m referring to. Maybe it’s the “Vegas variety act” feeling of the album, the half-expectation of a group of hot & sweaty cougars and milfs and bachelorette party-goers throwing their panties on a small off-the-strip stage night after night as Brandon swaggers his collection of songs in a bedazzled blazer for a few bucks and free drinks.
Flamingo is the perfect name for this album. It’s the soundtrack for a low-budget film that takes place in shitty motels just outside the big money & gleem of mainstream Vegas, with maybe a trip or two to California to boot. Never quite in the spot light.
Am I doing a good job describing this? Probably not. Will you get the same feeling? Doubtful. Can I ask more questions that I answer myself? I sure hope not.
Anywhosals… that’s me and that’s how my brain heard this. It’s a simple pop album with flashes of dessert & country, but for some reason, in my odd little brain, it’s taken on a life much more interesting that that…
1. “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”
2. “Only the Young”
3. “Hard Enough” (featuring Jenny Lewis)
4. “Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts”
5. “Playing with Fire”
6. “Was It Something I Said?”
9. “On the Floor”
10. “Swallow It”
Flower love: Official