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Andy Gilley

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9 Sep 2010

I'm admitting before I get into my response that I am a Killers and a Brandon Flowers fan, and I view him in a completely different light than you. With that out of the way, I find this review and your comments on Brandon Flowers very interesting. What I disagree with most is your claim that that the emotions in his lyrics are "contrived". Brandon Flowers is corny, but not contrived. He's being honest in his lyrics. He might have an "unashamed desire" to be an "important rock statesman", but that doesn't mean he's simply saying things in order to make that dream come true. That's just who he is. Contrivance is deplorable. Honesty and lack of talent is not, or at least it shouldn't be. I'm not saying he lacks talent, but if you choose to say that, I won't have make a point to call you on it. I just think he should at least get credit for be honest. Also, if you look past the cliches, he has a lot of well written lyrics. For example, the lines in first single "Crossfire" which go, "Tell the devil that he can go back from where he came. His fiery arrows drew their bead in vein." are going to seem stupid if you get hung up on the devil reference. If you look at the second part, though, that's a clever lyric. I don't want to assume anything, but a lot of people aren't aware of what it means to "draw a bead" on something. If you know what that expression means, and you listen to those lines in context of the song without obsessing on the chorus and the religious references, you might agree that it's a nicely written song about encouraging someone who doesn't see the point in entering a monotonous relationship, in fear that their their heart will inevitably be broken if they do. Yeah, it's corny, but it's not all cliches and easy metaphors without any real meaning. There's something there, it's just dressed up in a way that makes it more accessible. I'm not trying to make you like Brandon Flowers. I understand what turns people off about him. I just feel that he is widely misunderstood.

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