June 17, 2010

Song Review: Brandon Flowers' "Crossfire"


This September, The Killers' Brandon Flowers will attempt to rival the success his Las Vegas new wave revivalist band has established over the past decade when he releases Flamingo, his debut solo effort. The lead single, "Crossfire," however, gives the impression that Flowers without The Killers is nothing more than a frontman searching for the ghost of his band's sound. Flowers has already stated that he intended to use much of the material found on Flamingo for a new Killers album. His band mates opted to take a break from recording instead, leaving Flowers to succumb to label pressure and work on the new songs himself. Thus, the result displayed on "Crossfire" is rather hollow and empty. The track fits in with the style of 2006's Sam's Town, due to the storytelling nature of the lyrics drawn from classic rock inspirations. It's a mid-tempo track from start to finish, revolving around a piano riff that leaves a bland adult-contemporary aftertaste in your mouth, baring a strange resemblance to the 1989 light FM Don Henley hit, "The End of the Innocence." Lyrically, Flowers once again has built a song around the Devil and adultery trying to to break the heart a young innocent woman, just as he did in the lyrics to The Killers' "When You Were Young." Those two points being made, you could easily argue that "Crossfire" is the emotionally deformed light FM ballad equivalent to that exact Killers song. As for Flowers delivery of the song, his bleating vocals make you wish the rest of The Killers were around to at least drown them out for a bit with fuzzy synths and rich, crunchy guitars. When Flowers takes them to soaring levels in the song's climax, it's hard to imagine that Flowers is also the front man of an alternative rock band. Considering this sounds like some sappy, inspirational mess geared towards the soccer mom demographic, a Brandon Flowers solo album is showing signs of becoming one of the many major label ideas we'll soon wish were never put into execution.

Brandon Flowers - "Crossfire"

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