Flamingo (Brandon Flowers album)

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Flamingo
Studio album by Brandon Flowers
Released September 3, 2010 (2010-09-03)
(see release history)
Recorded April 2010
Battle Born Studios, Winchester, Nevada, and Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, heartland rock, alternative country
Length 53:05
Label Island (US)
Vertigo (UK)
Producer Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois, Brendan O'Brien, Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers chronology
Flamingo
(2010)
The Desired Effect
(2015)
Alternative cover
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Flamingo
  1. "Crossfire"
    Released: June 21, 2010 (US)
  2. "Only the Young"
    Released: October 12, 2010 (US)
  3. "Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts"
    Released: February 21, 2011[1]

Flamingo is the solo debut studio album by American singer/songwriter and the Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, which was released on September 3, 2010 in Australia, September 6, 2010 in the UK and September 14, 2010 in the US.[2] It was recorded at Battle Born Studios, Winchester, Nevada, and Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, California.[3] The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[4]

Background[edit]

After a mysterious countdown on the Killers official website, Flowers confirmed on April 29, 2010 that he would be releasing a solo album entitled Flamingo.[5] The album is named after Flamingo Road (in Brandon's hometown of Las Vegas), where many pivotal events in his life occurred: Sam's Town Casino is on Flamingo, his first job was at a golf course on that road, and he met his wife in a thrift store on the road as well.a[›][6][7]

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded primarily at Battle Born Studios in Winchester, Nevada. It was produced and mixed by Stuart Price (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, The Killers), Daniel Lanois (Peter Gabriel, U2, Bob Dylan), and Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC).[8] Song "Hard Enough" features a duet with Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.[8] Song "Fabulous Las Vegas" features Dave Keuning (of The Killers) and songs "Playing with Fire" and "Crossfire" feature Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (of The Killers).

Promotion[edit]

Main article: Flamingo Road Tour

First single "Crossfire" was premiered in the UK on the Zane Lowe Show on BBC Radio 1 on June 14, 2010. "Crossfire" released soon after on June 21, 2010 in the United States and Canada via iTunes, and on August 23, 2010 in the United Kingdom.[2][15][16] "Swallow It" was released as a promotional track from the album on August 24, 2010, via iTunes.[17] "Only the Young" was released as the next single. A video for "Only the Young" (filmed at Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas) premiered online on October 5, 2010 and was directed by Sophie Muller, who worked on the American video for "Mr. Brightside".[18]

Critical performance[edit]

The album overall received mixed reviews from critics with a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. musicOMH published a positive review stating, "It's clear from Flamingo that Flowers accounts for the lion's share of talent in The Killers, and if they ever go on definite hiatus, their fans can look forward to more consistently good material in the form of Flowers' solo albums."[19]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[20]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[21]
The A.V. Club (B-)[22]
BBC Music (mixed)[23]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[24]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[25]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[26]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[27]
NME (5/10)[28]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[29]
Spin (5/10)[30]
The Village Voice (mixed)[31]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the UK Albums Chart, the album debuted at the number one spot, on September 12 and remained on the chart for fourteen weeks.[32][33] On the US Billboard 200, Flamingo debuted at number eight, with 41,000 copies sold and remained on the chart for eight weeks.[34]

Flamingo was certified Gold in the UK on October 15, 2010, certifying sales of 100,000.[35] As of September 2013, the album has sold 270,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

Single "Crossfire" peaked in the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, Irish Singles Chart, Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders), and Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas"   Flowers Brendan O'Brien 4:48
2. "Only the Young"   Flowers Stuart Price 4:19
3. "Hard Enough" (featuring Jenny Lewis) Flowers, Jenny Lewis, Daniel Lanois, Benji Lysaght Price, Lanois, Flowers 4:05
4. "Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts"   Flowers, Lanois, Price Price, Lanois, Flowers 4:40
5. "Playing with Fire"   Flowers, Lanois Price, Lanois, Flowers 5:48
6. "Was It Something I Said?"   Flowers, Lanois, Lewis Price, Lanois, Flowers 3:19
7. "Magdalena"   Flowers O'Brien 3:19
8. "Crossfire"   Flowers O'Brien 4:18
9. "On the Floor"   Flowers Price, Lanois, Flowers 3:23
10. "Swallow It"   Flowers Price, Flowers 2:57
Total length:
40:58

Personnel[edit]

Instruments
Production

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
UK Albums Chart number-one album
September 11, 2010 – September 18, 2010
Succeeded by
Science & Faith by the Script
Scottish Albums Chart number-one album
September 11, 2010 – September 18, 2010

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Australia September 3, 2010
Germany
The Netherlands
Republic of Ireland
United Kingdom September 6, 2010
United States September 14, 2010
Canada
Brazil September 21, 2010
France September 27, 2010

Notes[edit]

^ a: Although there is also a Flamingo Casino, Flowers has stated that it was not the inspiration for the title.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This Week's Releases: February 21, 2011 | News | NME.COM
  2. ^ a b "The Killers' Brandon Flowers announces solo album 'Flamingo' release date". NME. June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "In The Studio – Brandon Flowers". Q. August 2010. p. 26. 
  4. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1310698/Brandon-Flowers-going-solo-The-Killers-new-album-Flamingo.html
  5. ^ "The Killers' Brandon Flowers confirms solo album release". NME. April 29, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Brandon Flowers Best Buy Interview about Flamingo". YouTube. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Scaggs, Austin (June 25, 2010). "The Killers' Brandon Flowers: Why I'm Going Solo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
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  9. ^ "Brandon Flowers on Alan Carr: Chatty Man". September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Brandon Flowers on BBC Radio 1". September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Brandon Flowers on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Brandon Flowers on Jimmy Kimmel Live!". 
  13. ^ "Brandon Flowers on Later with Jools Holland". 
  14. ^ Live from Abbey Road – 4oD – Channel 4
  15. ^ Murray, Robin (June 15, 2010). "The Killers Singer Talks Solo Album". Clash. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Brandon Flowers – Crossfire (Discography)". The Island Def Jam Music Group. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Pre-Order Flamingo on iTunes". August 24, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  18. ^ Brandon Flowers Has A Dream At The Wynn || VegasChatter
  19. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/brandon-flowers_0910.htm
  20. ^ "Reviews for Flamingo by Brandon Flowers". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Thomas, Stephen (September 4, 2010). "((( Flamingo > Review )))". allmusic. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  22. ^ Hawthorne, Marc. "Brandon Flowers: Flamingo | Music | Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ Buscovic, Alix (August 26, 2010). "Brandon Flowers Flamingo Review". BBC. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  24. ^ Reed, James (September 13, 2010). "Killers frontman not in the pink on solo debut ‘Flamingo’ – The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ Leah Greenblatt (September 8, 2010). "Flamingo | Music". EW.com. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  26. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (September 2, 2010). "Brandon Flowers: Flamingo (Island)". London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  27. ^ Justin de la Cruz. "Brandon Flowers – Flamingo". musicOMH.com. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ MacBain, Hamish. "Brandon Flowers Flamingo Vertigo". NME. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ Jody Rosen. "Flamingo by Brandon Flowers | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  30. ^ Walters, Barry (August 23, 2010). "Brandon Flowers, 'Flamingo' (Island)". Spin Media LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  31. ^ Brandon Flowers's Tentative Bloom – Page 1 – Music – New York – Village Voice
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  33. ^ Brandon Flowers’ ‘Flamingo’ Hits No. 1 On The UK Album Charts
  34. ^ Linkin Park and Trey Songz Debut At Nos. 1 & 2 on Billboard 200 Billboard.com Retrieved 2010-09-23
  35. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
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  37. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Brandon+Flowers&titel=Flamingo&cat=a
  38. ^ a b c d Brandon Flowers – Flamingo – Music Charts
  39. ^ http://news.qthemusic.com/2010/12/qs_50_best_albums_of_2010_-_30.html
  40. ^ "2010 Certification Awards – Gold". IRMA. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 

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