ALBUM REVIEW                            :        DESIRED EFFECT

ARTIST                                      :        BRANDON FLOWERS

GENRE                                       :        POP

DATE RELEASED                          :        2015

Desired Effect is a record most boy bands would definitely grab.  Being a frontman of one of the most revered boy bands (if you consider them to be) ever, Brandon knows a lot of knowledge on what works best and not.  This album is a proof of his learning curve over the years.  Here is a track by track review of this latest opus from former The Killers frontman.

Dreams Come True – a very upbeat song about hoping against hope.

Can’t Deny My Love – talks about patience running out to someone who doesn’t reciprocate the love given.

I Can Change – while some girls will not gonna change for the sake of love. Brandon Flowers pledged that he can even if it’s not his persona anymore. Musically, the track has “Smalltown Boy” vibe; a trailblazing track by Bronski Beat.

Still Want You – makes you remind of many songs from Culture Club and Boy George; fusion of reggae without too Bob Marleyish. In this song, he talks about a girl being down and this time he still wanted the girl and he is not talking about changing as he did in “I Can Change” where he sings about a girl being down too.

Between Me and You – is about challenges in relationship.  Love struggles when pockets are empty.

Lonely Town – I can hardly consider this track as rock or pure pop.  I think that this can be classified as Italo Disco.  It has the same beat with “Time For Love” by Tea For Two which was a favorite Italo Disco hit during the mid-eighties.

Digging Up The Heart – can be considered as trying to be out of the closet song or as a description of daily life of a dysfunctional family.

Never Get You Right – he is right that people cannot get it right when it comes to anybody, there is always differences in opinions.

Untangled Love – despite the song title and the lyrics, this is a very hopeful song and with good melody and hook, this is the most positive song in this record.

The Way It’s Always Been – is a song about relieving yesterday and how difficult it was.  Listening to this song, makes you relish again the images that you see in “Allentown” video of Billy Joel.

Btwn Me N’U – this track gives the idea that he has writing abilities similar to Sir Elton John.  This is not a surprise considering the he listed this veteran singer as one of his influences.

The Desired Effect – it is quite a surprise that the title track of the album ended up as the last song in this album.  Probably because musically, this song is the odd man out; but it doesn’t mean that this is not a good track.

This is one of the best recordings so far this year and it deserves 4 stars rating out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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