A while ago, in the midst of a heated email exchange, in an effort to distract me from my current hissy fit, Landee Landerson sent me a link to this sweet Internet radio site called Grooveshark. I followed the link, and immediately went calm. I was a toddler throwing a tantrum, and Landee had just slipped me a binki, and that binki's name was... Grooveshark.
It's like Pandora, only better because you can make playlists within your Internet radio, and replay or skip songs as many times as you'd like. And no commercials. Only downside is it's not ready for iPhone yet.
Using Grooveshark, I looked up Brandon Flowers' new solo album, Flamingo, which was leaked onto the Internet early (but I think it's officially out today). As I'm sure you've heard, his first single, "Crossfire," is an utter masterpiece, so I expected greatness. I
listened to endured all 14 tracks, and found the good ones one for you, so now you don't have to feel that sickening disappointment as you realize, song by song, that almost the whole thing is crap.
After "Crossfire," the next best song is called "Only the Young." Click HERE to hear it. You have to listen to it three times before you fall in love with it. "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" and "Jilted Lover" are decent after you give them a few listens. They at least sound Killers-esque. The rest is crap. Click HERE to hear a sampling of what I mean. It's truly baffling/tragic. The only person who should sound like Johnny Cash is Johnny Cash. And Joaquin Phoenix.
Still, much love for B.Flowers. I hope he doesn't take my review too hard.