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Fairshare Music is a music downloads site, which donates half  its profits from each sale to a charity of your choice. Music lovers can download fantastic tracks, knowing that by doing so you’re helping others – what could be better?! I really think this could be the next big thing for music downloads.

Fairshare have teamed up with a large number of charities such as Amnesty International, Oxfam and The British Heart Foundation.

Homeless charity for young people, Centrepoint, today released an album of covers from the year 1969 (the year they were founded) – ‘1969 Key To Change’ – with Fairshare, featuring artists such as The Feeling, Hard-Fi and Jools Holland.

You can Download the album here – so get Donating!

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My album of the month for October is another new release. It just goes to show that there really is some fantastic music coming out at the moment.

So October 2010’s album of the month is…

Brandon Flowers – Flamingo

Flamingo’ is The Killers’ frontman, Brandon Flowers’ debut solo album, released last month. From first listen, several of the songs have stayed with me, the most notable being ‘Was It Something I Said?’ ‘Magdalena’ and lead single ‘Crossfire’. For me this really is the mark of a great album – songs which easily enter your head, but don’t become irritating.

The album very much has a feel of The Killers, there’s a lot of synth, but perhaps less rock influence, certainly than The Killers’ older albums. You can tell a lot of it was initially meant for The Killers, but that’s hardly surprising as obviously that’s just Brandon’s writing style. Of The Killers’ albums ‘Flamingo’ is definitely most like ‘Day & Age’, but in places there’s also influence from ‘Hot Fuss’  – for example ‘Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas’ has some similarities with ‘Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll’.

Another notable song for me is ‘Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts’. In classic Killers’ style, it has a belter of a chorus, and fitting with the Vegas theme of the album, expertly uses gambling as a metaphor for love ‘Why did you roll your dice, show your cards’.

Brandon has been blessed with a powerful and distinctive voice. There is no way you can hear any of his songs and not know that it’s Brandon Flowers!

This is another fine example of an almost perfect album. There is not a single track that I dislike, and for me only a few other albums have truly managed to do this  – most notably The Feeling’s ‘Twelve Stops And Home’, Muse’s  ‘The Resistance’ and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Trip The Light Fantastic.

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