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Coloring Club Plus — 11/17/19

Nov 17

I chose a cut from this album for Song Lyric Sunday today. While I was researching for the post, I learned that one of the songs’ music videos was filmed at La Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, so I had to choose this song for today’s selection. When I made my one and only trip to Vegas 4-5 years ago, I went to see La Reve (The Dream) and it was, without question, the most amazing live show I’d ever been to. If you ever go to Vegas, please make the effort to see it. I GUARANTEE you will be wow-ed.

Flamingo is the debut solo studio album by American singer-songwriter and The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers. It was released on September 3, 2010, by Island Records. It was recorded at Battle Born Studios in Winchester, Nevada, and Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

The album is named after Flamingo Road (in Brandon’s hometown of Las Vegas), where many pivotal events in his life occurred: Sam’s Town Casino is on Flamingo, his first job was at a golf course on that road, and he met his wife in a thrift store on the road as well.

musicOMH published a positive review stating, “It’s clear from Flamingo that Flowers accounts for the lion’s share of talent in The Killers, and if they ever go on definite hiatus, their fans can look forward to more consistently good material in the form of Flowers’ solo albums.”

Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone described Flowers’ penchant for weaving beautiful losers into his songs by stating, “It would be laughable if Flowers wasn’t 100 percent committed, and if the hooks on Flamingo weren’t irresistible. He is, and they are – and you’ll be too busy singing along to giggle.”

Ryan Dombal for The Village Voice described Flowers as “a combination of Bono’s brassiness, Morrissey’s high drama, and Ian Curtis’s spasmodic awkwardness, the singer represents an endangered species in 2010: a genuine arena-ready rock-‘n’-roll deity who, at 29, isn’t yet on blood thinners.”

The album was ranked number thirty on Q’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2010.

Only the Young” was released as the album’s second single on October 12, 2010. An accompanying music video—filmed at Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas—premiered online on October 5, 2010, and was directed by Sophie Muller, who worked on the American video for “Mr. Brightside”.

 

Look back in silence
The cradle of your whole life
There in the distance
Losing its greatest pride
Nothing is easy, nothing is sacred, why?
Where did the bow break?
It happened before your time

And there were people there
Lovely as you’d ever care
Tonight, baby, you can start again
Laughing in the open air
Have yourself another dream
Tonight, maybe we can start again

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own

Mother, it’s cold here
Father, thy will be done
Thunder and lightning are crashing down
They got me on the run
Direct me to the sun
Redemption, keep my covers clean tonight
Baby, we can start again

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own

And the sun will shine again
And the sun will shine again
Are you looking for a sign?
Or are you caught up in the lie?

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own

Only the young can
Lost when the wind blows
Only the young can
Lost when the wind blows
Songwriters: Brandon Flowers

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