Brandon Flowers' latest album The Desired Effect is perfect for the summer.
If you've listened to anything from the Killers, or Flowers' first solo album, Flamingo, you have an idea of what to expect. His strong, clear vocals soar over the instruments and never falter. Its sense of optimism makes it a perfect soundtrack to play on repeat when you're lying on a beach or strolling around town.
Flowers' vocals support the faster paced, pulse-pounding tracks like Dream Come True, but also the slower, more contemplative and melancholy tracks like I Can Change. Sure, songs like Can't Deny My Love sound cheesy, and the piano and drums in the background make it sound like something out of the 80s, but that's the kind of unique sound The Killers have created for years, and it works wonderfully.
The album starts off almost pompously with Dreams Come True, and comes to a slow but sure end with The Way It's Always Been. It's worth listening to the tracks in order so you take the emotional ride the album is intended to be.