Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

2010-11-02 13:32
Up until this point, Kings of Leon had been nothing short of a great young American band, buoyed by the success of their Grammy-winning hit "Use Somebody." Now the Followill boys are maturing and owning up to their musical lot in life through smart lyrics and a signature sound on "Come Around Sundown."

The fifth album from the Kings (front man Caleb, along with Nathan, Jared and Matthew) has a certain sonic echo throughout. On occasion, Caleb Followill sounds like he's down the hall from the rest of the band, groaning his lyrics through an air vent.

It all works, wonderfully. And Kings of Leon have simply perfected this "instant-epic" sound.

The lead track "The End" has a beautiful melody. Caleb Followill sings, "I just want to be there, when you're all alone" with pathos as a heavy drumbeat paces underneath. The guitar work is intricate, but gives way to his vocals nicely.

"Mary" gives us a wall of sound, with no gaps for silence or a breath. The guitar strums come at three times the speed of the slow drum beat. Lead guitarist Matthew Followill shows off some range and variety here with soaring soulful riffs.

The songs feel upbeat and are mostly about love and life paths. There is a confidence on display here in the lyrics and Caleb Followill wants us to know he is pleased with where his heart and head are. On songs like "The Immortals" and "Pony Up," the front man takes a stand for love or loneliness, whichever comes his way.

Until someone unseats them, Kings of Leon are indeed the kings of the US rock kingdom.

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VJ 2010/10/28 3:26 PM
I for one do not agree with your review. The album falls flat. The firSt four tracks is strong with almost nothing worth remembering after that. Everything sounds the same, very little tempo and mostly bland. Nothing compares to their debut and follow up albums.
The Pope 2010/11/11 11:02 AM
I think this album is awesome! I own every single one of KOL's albums and this one does not disappoint. I love the way it seems to follow on seamlessly from the last album, but has its own theme at the same time. I must admit that this album in particular really cements my theory that the drummer/bassist combo in KOL is one of the best in the world. Altho we all hear guitars and vocals first when listening to bands, do yourself a favour and put the album on again and listen the magic that the drums and bass create.
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