Brandon Flowers has released a new solo album, and though half of it sounds like a typical Springsteen-infused Killers record, there’s something different about The Desired Effect. It’s a record that taps into his Boss-worshipping ways and how the ’80s reign supreme, but there are actually a few moments that are stronger than most of what The Killers frontman has put out before. Each song sounds extremely different (for the most part), honing in on Flowers’ individual growth and pop sensibility while pointing a finger at one obvious conclusion: “Man, this would be sweet to Jazzercise to”.
There’s a strong possibility Flowers has never met Judi Sheppard Missett or attempted the fitness guru’s somewhat dated mix of yoga, pilates, and kickboxing (!!??), but the two are practically perfect for each other. To fully understand what that means, the following are five songs from The Desired Effect that were born to rock the retro workout routines you see below. In this case, headbands are necessary.
“I Can Change” + “Can’t Deny My Love”
As a whole, The Desired Effect makes it clear that Flowers is or probably was dealing with some sort of heartbreak, so why not channel the hurt into an exciting Jazzercise warm up? “Can’t Deny My Love” and “I Can Change” are perfect for easing you into the fluid arm movements and each track goes heavy on the synth/keyboards only to fall directly in sync with this video. It’s almost as if the arm extensions and melodramatic bending represent Flowers’ desperate grasp for understanding his torment.
“Between Me And You”
Surprise, surprise – “Between Me And You” is also about heartbreak and eternal sadness. Thankfully, these Jazzercise girls have fun with a basketball-themed (?) routine that may or may not be incredibly awkward. But that’s totally okay because a) it’s very difficult to dance without looking weird, and b) the sweet moves in this video match each transition in Flowers’ mid-album standout.
Even if you’re not the biggest Killers fan, it’s hard not to fall in love with “Lonely Town”. It’s epic (or at least epic as far as Brandon Flowers goes) and the fun hook deserves a fun Jazzercise routine, which is why “Move Your Boogie Body” is the perfect fit. The jazz hands, gyrating, and finger snapping embrace the adult angst and make you feel like a kid again as you yell out “spinning like a Gravitron”.
“Digging Up The Heart”
Okay, maybe Bruce Springsteen shouldn’t be a part of this, but who doesn’t love the Boss? Flowers does as you can hear whispers of Bruce in his solo work and an obvious example is “Digging Up The Heart”. Luckily, the “Born To Run” vibes fit the YouTube experiment that’s above and though its visuals may not match… well, anything, when has Springsteen ever been known to have rhythm while dancing?