With a marquee-worthy moniker like Brandon Flowers and an outsized personality to match, it was probably only a matter of time before the Killers' seemingly megalomaniacal frontman opted to go solo. And of course, he did so in the most Flowery way possible: in a million-dollar music video, "Crossfire," that resembled a CGI-addled Michael Bay action flick and starred A-list thespian Charlize Theron.
So naturally, when the man who once infamously claimed "the Killers could be bigger than U2" played a paparazzi-swarmed solo gig at Los Angeles's Troubadour club on August 17, I expected an entirely unsubtle undertaking, a showcase of unchecked ego and OTT anthems that'd make the over-ambitious bloat-rock of Sam's Town seem positively quaint.
Yes, full disclosure here: I headed to the Troub with intentions to mock Sir Flowers. But my plans were totally thwarted, because I didn't expect that a) Brandon's songs would be better than anything the Killers have released since Hot Fuss, b) hisRead More »from Is Brandon Flowers Better Off Without The Killers?