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Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

October 27, 2010 by  

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Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

NAME: Kings Of Leon
ALBUM: Come Around Sundown
DATE: 18October2010

LABEL: Columbia


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Oh no. Really? Oh, no!

LOCATION: Avatar Studios, New York

LINE UP: Caleb Followill (lead vox, rhythm guitar), Nathan Followill (drums), Jared Followill (bass), Matthew Followill (lead guitar)


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Attempting to better the 6 million unit-shifting Only By The Night was never going to be an easy task for the Followill’s. Rather than drip-feed their allegiance of new fans more stadium-sized anthems, they decided to attempt a more ‘beach-y’ sound. In truth, it sounds as though the family have gone fishing for hits, but turned up without a hook.

The album peaks on the opening track ‘The End’, which incorporates a subtle shift of dynamic, protruding a feeling of spaciousness, before sparking to life with a shimmering guitar lead over a delicately sung refrain. Even here, however, the band shows a vulnerability that persists and becomes more noticeable as the album progresses.

Following first single ‘Radioactive’ the band continue on a one-dimensional path. Songs such as ‘The Face’ and ‘Back Down South’ bring a pedestrian element to the album whilst Caleb hints at levels of lethargy throughout the chorus of ‘No Money’.

What should have been an album expressing artistic exploration from a band that self-confessedly are disillusioned with their mainstream sound, instead is left limp, a frustrated indecisiveness clutching the air for a new direction. If penultimate track ‘Mi Amigo’ represents their journey towards a desired new sound, they best use faster transport than the slow pony the song provides the soundtrack for to get there.

The raucous bravado that hailed them as one of the most loved bands of the 00’s has scampered off in search of their mojo. Lets hope they can bring the sun back again.

SOUNDS LIKE: A desirable helping of U2, mixed in with a drizzle of The Allman Brothers and a handful of southern fried Strokes, and seasoned with a pinch of The Black Crowes

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Your Mum picked this album up for you on her weekly Asda shop


Submitted By Matt Goodwin



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