Brandon Flowers, frontman for The Killers, is getting ready to release his second solo effort, The Desired Effect. The album, out May 18, will be the singer's follow-up to 2010's Flamingo. The artist shared his excitement about the LP with Rolling Stone recently.
"I haven't felt like this in a long time," Flowers said. "I'm not even going to lie - this record, man, it's relentless. I'm not afraid to say it. I see the checkered flag in front of me, and I'm starting to get excited."
The singer added that he was holding back on Flamingo, but that's not the case with The Desired Effect. Flowers also shared his affinity for pop tunes and telling stories through song.
"I want to tell the truth," he said. "And the truth is, sometimes I love pop songs - I respect the craft and the history of that. But I also love telling stories and applying my experiences and observations. You hit a home run when those worlds can all work together."
Flowers released the album's lead single, "Can't Deny My Love," last month.
"At the very first note, 'Can't Deny My Love' sounds just like something out of The Killers playbook, but as soon as more music kicks in, it's very clear that this song is a different tune for the Vegas rocker," Carolyn Menyes wrote for Music Times. "'Can't Deny My Love' borrows heavily from the wandering, jungle-influenced pop tracks from the 1970s and '80s, with the adventurous music sitting just below Flowers' lead vocals."
As for The Killers, the band hasn't released a new album since 2012's Battle Born. The effort hit number three on the Billboard 200 and topped the rock and alternative charts. The album, fueled by singles like "Runaways" and "Here With Me," received positive reviews.