Kings of Leon
Come Around Sundown
Kings of Leon is one of those bands that never made a blip on my radar. Its not for any particular reason, I guess no one in my social circle has never stated a strong case for them. So I go into this with fresh ears.
Come Around Sundown, the band’s fifth studio album open with what can only be described as a stadium rock anthem, which isn’t always a bad thing. There is a reason why the 80’s were full of bands playing big epic sized arenas. Communal lyrics and catchy chorus-refrains are great when large masses of people are together watching and overpowering the band on stage, but this is not a show I’m reviewing, it’s an album and a lot of that fantasy is lost but not completely.
Kings of Leon are a great group of musicians; they’re still able to churn out a great country-rock song alongside their broader epic love ballads. Their sound on Come Around Sundown is definitely diverse, from imagining them playing in front of a thousand people to singing a catchy little country-folk tune on your pick-up truck. Back Down South is that song, it’s simple, and fun, but placed with their other tracks it almost doesn’t seem like its coming from the same group of guys. I understand why they decided to place all their different experiments in other genres on one album, but instead of giving it that balance they just left the scale a little uneven.
The album is worth at least one listen through, if you can get past the mental image of a swarm of people singing along with the band while they perform live then they’ve succeeded. The album has its charming moment, with their more down-to-earth tracks but they’re too far in between, personally. Nothing new nor exciting it being done here.
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