Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

AMG Review: Kings of Leon have always acted like rock & roll royalty, even before Only by the Night went platinum in 12 different countries. What started off as good-natured posturing turned into the real deal in 2008, though, when “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” helped redefine the Followill boys as the new champions of arena rock. Gone were the songs about transvestites and coked-up supermodels; in their place were Top 40 anthems that swung for the fences, armed with U2-sized guitar riffs and giant, lighter-hoisting choruses. Releasing that sort of album — the kind that soccer moms blast in the family minivan — has its downside, too, and Kings of Leon found themselves struggling to prove that they hadn’t forgotten about their older fans. All of this makes Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown the most important album of the band’s career, since it gives Kings of Leon a chance to choose which side of their audience they’d like to keep. The answer? Well, none of these songs are as blatantly commercial as “Use Somebody,” but none have the artsy, Appalachia-meets-London charm of Aha Shake Heartbreak, either. After touring in support of Only by the Night for two years, the guys are acutely aware that loud, booming anthems are the best way to fill a stadium, and Come Around Sundown is engineered to sound as immense as possible. … All detours aside, this is super-sized, guitar-driven, modern rock pomp, a sort of Only by the Night: The Sequel aimed at those who prefer their KOL songs big and bombastic. Kings of Leon haven’t gotten to the point where “Use Somebody” is their default setting, but it has become their benchmark, and Come Around Sundown attempts to replicate that song’s success while still giving the middle finger to Top 40 radio. Sometimes, it works. Other times, Kings of Leon sound like they’ve flatlined their sound while trying to streamline their appeal. –by Andrew Leahey

 

Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown Tracklist

  1. The End 0:00
  2. Radioactive 4:24
  3. Pyro 7:51
  4. Mary 12:01
  5. The Face 15:27
  6. The Immortals 18:55
  7. Back Down South 22:25
  8. Beach Side 26:26
  9. No Money 29:17
  10. Pony Up 32:22
  11. Birthday 35:27
  12. Mi Amigo 38:43
  13. Pickup Truck 42:49

Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

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