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 (U.S.)
Vertigo (UK)
Producer Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois, Brendan O'Brien, Brandon Flowers
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]

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.[4] 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[›][5][6]

Recording[edit]

The album was produced by Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois and Brendan O'Brien.[7] Song "Hard Enough" features a duet with Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.[7]

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.[14][15][2] "Crossfire" peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart. "Swallow It" was released as a promotional track from the album on August 24, 2010, via iTunes.[16] "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".[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[18]
The A.V. Club (B-)[19]
BBC Music (mixed)[20]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[21]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[22]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[23]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[24]
NME (5/10)[25]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[26]
Spin (5/10)[27]
The Village Voice (mixed)[28]

On the UK Albums Chart, the album debuted at the number one spot, on September 12.[29][30] On the U.S. Billboard 200, Flamingo debuted at number eight, with 41,000 copies sold.[31]

Flamingo was certified Gold in the UK on October 15, 2010, certifying sales of 100,000.[32] As of September 2013, the album has sold 270,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

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
Deluxe edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "The Clock Was Tickin'"   Flowers Price, Flowers 4:49
12. "Jacksonville"   Flowers Price, Flowers 4:01
13. "I Came Here to Get Over You"   Flowers Price, Flowers 2:21
14. "Right Behind You"   Flowers, Price Price, Flowers 3:53
15. "On the Floor 2.0" (iTunes pre-order and Japan bonus track) Flowers Flowers 3:12
Total length:
59:14

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
AUS
[33]
BEL
(FL)

[34]
CAN
[35]
IRE
[36]
NLD
[37]
NZ
[38]
UK US
Alt

[35]
US
Rock

[35]
2010 "Crossfire" 46 3 70 4 22 22 8 6 11
"Only the Young" 68 143
2011 "Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart

Charts and certifications[edit]