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Brandon Flowers

The Desired Effect LP

The Desired Effect gives Flowers new backdrops to play around in. Rechtshaid doesnít mine the '80s and '90s for inspiration like he's done for Haim, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and many others recently. Instead, he straight up jacks that sound, aiming directly at those fond of the calmer side of Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, or Peter Gabriel. Electric guitars are swapped out for chugging piano lines, hand-clap snares, and melismas sung by anonymous background singers; never mind the inclusion of special guest Bruce Hornsby, a song that samples Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" and features Neil Tennant on vocals, and floppy disc after floppy disc worth of synth patches. Credit to Rechtshaid, the albumís big and luxe sound fits Flowers' big and luxe voice. When they sync up in this milieu, against all odds, it works really well.
-- Pitchfork
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