Sunday, September 26, 2010

Brandon Flowers, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, The Mynabirds : it's an album round-up

Some words about four albums I've been listening to lately. Make a choice (and listen to a selection on the player below)!

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

Pour lire ma critique en français, cliquez ici

The charismatic and rather endearing leader of Las Vegas band The Killers is releasing his debut solo album, making the most of his band’s hiatus. The ten-track record is a nice offering that will not surprise his fans, but has potential to win him some new ones. First single Crossfire (still my favourite), gives you a good idea of the general sound. The lack of surprising or unexpected tracks is this record’s only weakness. There is no bad song on here, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from Brandon. Too bad, given that it was produced by Stuart Price, who had already worked on the Killers’ third album and had successfully shaken their trademark sound. Anyway, you’d be missing on a good time not to join the Flamingo fun and ride along with it. Note that the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition should have featured on the regular one. They’re more than worthy of your attention.
Favourite tracks: Crossfire, Swallow It, Only The Young, On The Floor

Maroon 5 - Hands All Over

You like Maroon 5’s winning formula of big choruses, easily likeable pop-rock melodies and high-pitched sexy frontman? You won’t be disppointed with the band’s third album. As far as I’m concerned I find it difficult to listen to Adam Levine’s voice for more than six songs in a row, but I have to be fair: these guys can write a tune and have it stuck in your head in no time. I had the opportunity to attend a fancy private show last week and the band showed that a stage is were they belong. Their energetic set mainly consisted of singles from their previous records, to which they added the new one’s three single and unarguably best tracks Misery, Give Me A Little More and Stutter.
Quite frankly the record doesn’t bring anything new to the table but is likeable nonetheless. If you fancied Maroon 5 before, you’re in for a treat, but if, like me, you were never really a fan, you might find yourself slightly bored. But entertained. But bored. You get the idea.
Favourite tracks : Misery, Give Me A Little More, Stutter

Here's a video of Misery shot at the private show I attended on September 14th, courtesy of my dear friend Julien (@JulienPerret) from

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

LOL. This singer is a joke isn't she?
Ok there’s one great song on there, it’s called Circle The Drain.
That’s it. 

The Mynabirds - What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood

This one came totally unexpectedly as a suggestion from a colleague. I gave it a try because I had been totally seduced by one track (Let The Record Go) and eventually got a superb album to listen to. Their style ranges from rock, pop and folk in the best of manners. The voice of singer Laura Burhenn is reminiscent of Aimee Mann’s, which means soulful and very emotional, but she can also deliver on more upbeat tracks. This collection of songs reflects a very home-made and warm feel that wraps you almost instantly. Perfect for an Autumn Sunday.
If you’ve never heard of this really great new band, I can only encourage you to head over to their website and download two songs for free, which will probably make you want to buy the whole record afterwards. You (kinda) have my word on that!

Now listen !

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