Brandon Flowers

Flamingo

September 4, 2010

New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

A little corny, a little overearnest, but entirely within the Vegas showman's wheelhouse. On this 2010 solo debut, he takes his Springsteen devotion out into the dusty desert for a pleasant collection of wide-eyed storytelling gems that end up being more satisfying than all of the Killers' 2010s output. Highlights include "Only The Young," "Crossfire," and the four bonuses on the deluxe edition.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Janet Baker / Jacqueline du Pré / John Barbirolli

Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures; Cockaigne Overture

September 7, 2004

Concerto

The Elgar Cello Concerto and cellist Jacqueline du Pré are inextricably linked and this 1965 EMI recording of du Pré with John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra is the first great recoding of the work the ill-fated artist was to make. Barbirolli's invitation for the 21-year-old du Pré to perform the concerto thrust her into the international spotlight and remains one of her most cherished recordings.

- Mike D. Brownell