Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

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Kings Of Leon
Come Around Sundown
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Kings of Leon have been a household name ever since the day their sex caught fire on their last album, Only By The Night, but their earlier work has remained somewhat unacknowledged. Well, on Come Around Sundown, the Kings go back to their roots and show the world who they really are, once again. It was a bold move to create a more mainstream, radio-friendly album with Only By The Night to build a fanbase that would follow them into their new releases, because now they have the chance to return to their old style while maintaining their status. Come Around Sundown is a perfect blend of classic Kings of Leon--a country, bluesy sound--and the rock and roll edge that they gave themselves in Only By The Night. It is sure to please all fans, while reminding everyone of the real soul of the Kings.

The Kings of Leon are one of the few bands that have built their legacy on both incredible lyrics and original musicality. Come Around Sundown showcases both of these, serving as an ode to the pure talent of this group. True to the album cover and name, the lyrics tie in with coastal allusions, as “The Face” offers advice to “ride out the wave.” However, the Kings also stay true to their southern background with songs like “Back Down South,” which affirms their longing for home and the memories “underneath the stars, where [they] parked the cars.” What makes their lyrics stand out from the usual verses about life, relationships, and recollections is that the Kings of Leon take it a step beyond the obvious. Their rhymes and lines are relatable and easily deciphered; however, they dig deep into the soul, offering more honesty and vulnerability than most artists are willing to evoke. “Pyro” offers a true look into relationship troubles, depicting an expression of pure pain with the lyrics, “bury all the pictures and tell the kids that I’m okay/ Even if I’m forgotten you’ll remember me for a day.” An honest lyricist will always have success; if they are honest with themselves and believe what they are portraying, others will follow suit and appreciate the work.

The musicality of Come Around Sundown is very reminiscent of the days of Because of the Times, but in essence it is nothing that we have seen before from the Kings of Leon. Digging into their southern roots would be an understatement here, as the Kings go more country than expected. It is not a cheesy, line-dance club country sound, but there is definitely a country blues influence, and it works for them. The flexibility and range of each member is exhibited in the different styles they are breaking through and the new sounds that they are creating. Come Around Sundown features genius combinations of several different genres originating in the south, which is a testament to the brilliance of each Followill. Plus, Caleb Followill’s flawless vocals are perfect for the genre that they are creating for themselves, as his strong, rustic sound is perfect for both soft ballads and uptempo rock jams. The fusion of sounds that the Kings of Leon create is nothing short of amazing, and their best work to date.

Come Around Sundown, although a very strong, well-produced album, may not receive the praise it deserves. The change in style from the more mainstream Only By The Night may come as an unwelcome shock to newer fans. However, long-time fans will be more than pleased with this album. Its sincerity resonates with each beat, and the passion that they put into their work is unquestionable. Major kudos, Kings! You’ve done it again.

1. The End
2. Radioactive
3. Pyro
4. Mary
5. The Face
6. The Immortals
7. Back Down South
8. Beach Side
9. No Money
10. Pony Up
11. Birthday
12. Mi Amigo
13. Pickup Truck

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in 1999, consisting of brothers Anthony "Caleb" Followill (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan "Nathan" Followill (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael "Jared" Followill (bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron "Matthew" Followill (lead guitar, backing vocals). Each member of the family group is known by their middle name (second given name) as opposed to their first given name.

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