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Repeat: Brandon Flowers, “The Desired Effect”
The Killers frontman has completed another masterful solo effort that honors his influences in creations all his own. "The Desired Effect" is brimming with '80s synth-pop, dance, new wave and even Tropacalia, hinting at Human League, "Graceland," Peter Gabriel's "So," and INXS. Opener "Dreams Come True" is a perfect starting block, propelling Flower's aching croon through the walls of wailing sax on "I Can Change," the fighting crescendo of "Lonely Town," teen-bopper "Diggin' Up the Heat" and the Queen-ly slow dance of "The Way It's Always Been." The latter's like the disco ball-flooded slow dance at the end of prom night that you never got to experience -- and now you can, Vegas-style.