The frontman releases his second solo album 'The Desired Effect' on May 18th.
Brandon Flowers might be about to release his second solo album, The Desired Effect, but the singer’s main focus is still his band The Killers, a group who he feels are still under appreciated in the music world. Speaking to The Independent Flowers said The Killers, “might be the best band in the last long time” and he’s ready to put them to the test against any other act of the past 15 years.
Flowers is about to release his second solo album.
“Whether the people want to accept it or not, we might be the best band in the last long time!” Flowers claimed. "I'd go up any night against just about any band that's come out in the last 15 years. Not that it's a competition, but I do feel sometimes people don't have a grasp on what we've accomplished and what we've acquired.”
“Everyone should come see The Killers!” the frontman added. “We’re more than just a New Wave revival thing.” Flowers has previously admitted that his solo records are pretty much Killers albums without the rest of the band and on The Desired Effect the singer once again affirms his love for British synth pop.
Track ‘I Can Change’ samples Bronski Beat, while 80s hero the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant also makes an appearance on backing vocals. But soon it could be Flowers guesting on his hero’s albums, namely New Order or Duran Duran's next record.
When asked if he might be appearing on Duran Duran's upcoming, Mark Ronson produced album, Flowers refused to confirm or deny rumours. “I might be on a new New Order song,” the singer revealed.
“So that's cool. But it's gonna be tricky with the label,” he said added that he’s definitely not going to be allowed to appear on both Duran Duran and New Order’s new record. With the critics The Desired Effect appears to have had just that, hitting the right notes between pop nostalgia and what fans have come to want from a Killers record or Flowers solo outing.
The Telegraph gave the album a 4 out of 5 star rating, writing that “Every track offers up a smart blend of snappy lyrics and catchy hooks, and at least half are absolutely glorious.” Rolling Stone similarly praised Flower’s efforts, awarding the record a near perfect 4.5/5.