Pin It
Favorite

'Come Around Sundown,' Kings of Leon 

Here's what happens when a good band goes arena-rock.

click to enlarge Kings of Leon
  • Kings of Leon

Well, the transformation is complete and absolute. With this record, Kings of Leon have become the U2 of Tennessee — complete with nothing but soaring choruses and chimey-reverbed Edge guitars. How did such a cool band turn its sound into harmless arena rock so quickly?

This record is heart-breakingly formulaic and lacks the fresh adventure of KOL’s first three records.

The Followill clan is apparently content to hop on the mainstream gravy train, complete with Good Morning America appearances and the inevitable football game halftime show.

There’s not much to recommend here other than “Mary,” which is the only track done with any real conviction. This was once a rollicking and fun band, but the only time I smiled here was during the randy “Mi Amigo.” Come Around Sundown opens with the lyrics, “This could be the end.” Yes, the end of me thinking the Kings were worth a damn.

DOWNLOAD: “Mary”

{embed_video}

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • New Moves
  • New Moves

    The Dodos push themselves to greater heights through dance, ever-changing rhythms and getting back to basics
    • Mar 4, 2015
  • Never Forget
  • Never Forget

    Warren G is still regulating 20 years later
    • Mar 4, 2015
  • Among the Green
  • Among the Green

    Around St. Patrick's Day, the world wises up to Irish music once more
    • Feb 25, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by David Rey

Most Commented On

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Music


Film


Folk


Hip-hop


Indie Rock


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation