November1st

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So this is possibly the longest blog post I’ve done in a while if not ever…but Kings of Leon released a new album! I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, but I wanted to make sure I’d had plenty of time with the album to listen to all the songs a few times and to truly see how I feel about it!

Now Kings of Leon is very much an acquired taste…so if you don’t like it, I will not be surprised…but I really like them a lot. So many memories attached to every single one of their songs for me!

So here is my review edition of Kings of Leon new album: Come Around Sundown.

I’ve been following Kings of Leon for a few years now, and I love them. I’ve seen them live at Jazz Fest and their songs are really great. They have a unique sound and their lyrics are so indistinguishable that if your lips are making similar shapes as theirs, it at least LOOKS like you know the song and are singing along. You’ll see what I mean when you listen to some of the songs below. haha.

Their new album, however, does not seem so much revolutionary or evolutionary – it’s just…a new album. It’s also a bit more mellow overall in my opinion than their previous albums. No good songs to really dance to or yell out to like many of their other albums and songs. I think they had their work cut out for them in terms of trying to beat their previous album, Only By The Night, which was by far their most successful with huge hits like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” But their older stuff, like their Albums Aha shake Heartbreak and Because of the Times are still my favorites. Probably because I’ve listened to them the most, but it sounds more CLASSIC KoL, and that’s what I like the most. I’ll put my favorite songs from their new album below, then I’ll put my all-time favorites, and you can tell the difference I’m talking about.

Come Around Sundown

“It’s in the water, It’s in the story of where you came from
Your sons and daughters in all their glory it’s gonna save her
And when they dance and come together, and start rising
Just drink the water where you came from, where you came from”

They released “Radioactive” as a single and precursor to their new album. Not my favorite…by far…

Of their new album, this song is probably my favorite:

“Single book of matches,Gonna burn what’s standing in the way,
Roaring down the mountain, Now they’re calling on the fire brigade.
Bury all the pictures, and tell the kids that I’m okay,
If ‘n I’m forgotten, You’ll remember me for today.”

Now you can see the lyrics below that I typed down there are very different from the lyrics on the video…now you know what I mean having indistinguishable lyrics…hahaha. I believe the lyrics above, that I typed, make more sense and are probably right…

And now for my second favorite on their new album:

“Walking her home with the grassy field
Fallin and laughin at the drinks we spilled
Just one of those nights that I have to share
She’s in a daze, without a ca
re”

Only By The Night

Now this album has been, by far, their most successful – Sex On Fire was played on the radio so much that I can hardly stand it sober…

However, that album also held some gems like these:

“We’re gonna fuel the fire, gonna stoke it up
We’re gonna sip this wine and pass the cup
Who needs avenues, who needs reservoirs
Gonna show this town how to kiss these stars”

“What a night for a dance, you know I’m a dancing machine
With a fire in my bones and the sweet taste of kerosene
I get lost in the night so high I don’t want to come down
To face the loss of the good thing that I’ve found”

Now THESE are the songs that made me fall in love with Kings of Leon:

“Just like the girlies back at corner stone,
Wash my bugle boy a watching my throne
Sweet mutilations of a sold to nothing man,
Lord have mercy shake is falling through your hand”

“Low and behold things are killing me
silly expectations of a dream
girls are gonna love the way i toss my hair
boys are gonna hate the way i seem”

“Home grown
So rock to the rhythm and bop to the beat of the radio
You ain’t got the slang but you got the face to play the role
You can’t play with me here”

“Heartbreak knockin’ ’em down like the seventh grade
Heartbreak, cigarettes and song with a winter’s chafe
Heartbreak keep like my daughter and a run away”

Okay – I’m done :) you can find more Kings of Leon on YouTube or iTunes!

Greatchadayis!

– Ross

2 Comments

  • Comment by Hannah — November 3, 2010 @ 22:48

    I can only think of one thing whenever I listen to them….and that is YOU! Well, make that two things, cause OF COURSE I think of Jazz Fest, and you know..miss it and what not. ;)

  • Comment by whitley — November 12, 2010 @ 18:09

    i looove their old stuff. aha shake heartbreak will always be their best album to me. so many memories with that album… their newest album doesn’t even compare. have you listened to the black keys any? they’ve beat out kings of leon on my favorites :)

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