Kings Of Leon / Come Around Sundown / RCA
The perfect time to ignite a night full of sensuous romance, Come Around Sundown celebrates the various aspects that make the charm of the Tennessee family-band contagious. Conceived in a locked basement with four instruments and an ounce of marijuana, Kings Of Leon seem like they’ve achieved the unlikely with an immense amount of mainstream success, but their fifth disc pushes any perceived boundaries. The balancing act of fiery, mystifying alternative rock (“The Face”, “The End”) and southern blues (“Back Down South”) surprisingly to some, has conceived an honest and innovative sound they can call their own.
Claims that the group’s latest material was rushed and created with little personality may still set up camp in the minds of a select few, but the emotional punch overshadows the blasphemy with every disheveled heartfelt plea (“Pickup Truck”) and modern rock transition (“Radioactive”). The earnest songwriting behind tracks like “Pyro” make a statement simple enough for each listener to assign their own meaning, yet is reflective of the ambiguity commonplace to King Of Leon’s lyrical style. Come Around Sundown isn’t an urge to use somebody and light sex on fire again. Instead it’s a story of how the weary city soul was once a country boy with an ache in his heart and a six-string that knew how to heal it.
Download: “Pickup Truck”, “Pyro”, “The Immortals”
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