A letter to Brandon Flowers

Dear Brandon Flowers,

We need to address something. It is widely known that you have one foot in the 80s and another in heartland rock. And maybe an arm in punk. You do a lot of genres, but you do them all very well. No matter the melody behind your vocals, you always have a way of telling a compelling story. It’s your greatest strength, but it’s not being used in the way it should be.

Hear me out. I know how much you love Johnny Cash. We all do. You’ve credited him as being a great influence on your songwriting. You grew up around old school country western music. That being said, I’m only going to ask this once:

Please make a country western album.

I need to clarify that I do not want a country album. I want something that straight up screams Cash and Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty. I know you have the writing ability, but please consider that your voice was made for this type of music, as we saw in your performance of “I Came to Believe” by Cash.

You’ve delved into this genre a bit on your first solo effort, Flamingo, especially in “The Clock Was Tickin.’” We both know you’ve got it in you, so why not make it into a full album?

I understand that it’s not mainstream. It probably won’t get radio play. But who cares about that? Let’s face it: your radio legacy will forever be “Mr. Brightside” and no new song will ever change that fact. Please, this is a risk worth taking. And we know it’ll get the critic’s attention. I mean, if a similar change caused Beck to beat out Beyoncé for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammy’s, anything is possible.

I don’t want to make this a long letter. I just want you to know that we, the fans, are politely demanding a country western album from you in the near future. Or even just a few more songs to hold us over.

Also, in regards to the upcoming, still-to-be-officially-announced Killers album that we all know is dropping this year, please, dear Brandon. Please let it be another Sam’s Town.

Your fan forever no matter if you take my advice of not,

Nicole

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