Kings of Leon return with another gem

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By Bjorn Burk
Staff Writer


After selling 6.5 million copies of their album Only by the Night, the now popular band Kings of Leon put out another solid record this Tuesday with Come Around Sundown.

Since establishing themselves as an up and coming band with well known hits including “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire”, Kings of Leon needed another hit to solidify their dominant presence in today’s pop music. They did exactly that with Come Around Sundown.

With songs like “Radioactive” which landed at 3 on Billboard’s top 200 Rock Songs (provided by Billboard.com) and “The End” Kings of Leon have kept that same “catchy” factor they had obtained with Only by the Night, while also refining their style.

Come Around Sundown gives a more refined sound to the band. Before having more edgy rhythms and a more punk sound, Kings of Leon brings quieter but interesting themes in various pieces throughout the new album. “Radioactive” includes a country theme while incorporating that same edgy guitar tone that they had perfected before.

Other notable songs include “The End” which contains essentially the same style as their last album. “Back Down South” has a more country sound, “Pickup Truck” is dominated by vocals from lead singer Caleb Followill, and “Mary” is a love story which brings the band back to its former loud, edgy guitar tones.

With mixed styles and varying tracks, Kings of Leon proved versatility is achievable in today’s popular rock music. Look for Come Around Sundown to be a hit in the near future.

(Background information provided by rollingstone.com.)

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