Kings of Leon finally made it. After years and multiple album releases, Kings of Leon finally hit it big with their break out single "Sex on Fire" last year and are doing it again with their new album "Come Around Sundown".
The new album sticks to the same style that the fans have grown to love over the year, almost completely getting rid of the grunge, and country influences and stuck more to catchy rock hooks, intrumentation and melodies. The opening track, "The End" sounds like something right off of their last album Only By Night, spacious guitars, heavy drums and melodic choruses. The band does break out their old gospel, southern roots in the show stealing "Back Down South". The track has a beautiful and haunting slide guitar throughout the song with a choir really taking the whole track off. The first single off the album "Radioactive" plays off really well with what to expect with this album. Another surprise track is the song "Mary", with a incredible saxophone solo and lead and a 60's style groove to the chorus and verse melodies. Combining southern charm, pop hook and meoldies, rock additude and a general warmth make for a fun album. Like most of Kings of Leon's other releases, this one will be stuck in your cd player, on repeat on your ipod or streaming from your computer for weeks to come.
As always, I recommend seeing these guys live, nothing speaks better for this style of music then seeing the young guys playing it faster and louder live!