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Their hooks are on fire. The Followills double down with a masterclass in monumental choruses and sweeping prairie rock on songs that pack devastating pop precision beneath their ragged soul. It’s hard to look beyond “Sex On Fire”—an audacious cocktail of anthemic uplift and unbuckled raunch—but from the crackling stomp of “Crawl” and the soaring harmonies on “Use Somebody” to the triumphant chimes gilding “17”, this fourth record (released just a year after their third) is a near-flawless showcase of Caleb, Jared, Nathan and Matthew’s songwriting supremacy.

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So so so disappointing

A fan of KOL for years, I feel utterly disappointed by this offering. Gone is the raw sound, the aggression, the passion, the unique way they structured their songs and that unique incomprehension! The production on this album is horribly smooth and lifeless and the songs boring. A gutless, sold out fourth album that will be given to my mother to put with other her middle of the road pap.

Still Kings

For the 6 or 7 people, devastated that the band have moved away from the traditional country roots to a stadium anthem sound, I would like to gently point out the obvious fact that this is the type of audience they play for now. They will only very rarely play at venues small enough to make songs like Wicker Chair or Day Old Blues effective so they have to develop a different sound that will work better in more stadium-sized venues that they will inevitably be performing their newer work. In doing so they haven't left their roots with behind, rather, they have made them bigger and better than before, and simply reinterpreted the same sounds in a new way, as all good bands must do to remain at the top of their game. I can only hope that the idiots who take the holier-than-thou attitude towards music claiming to be a "real fan" because they "liked them before they were famous" would open their eyes (and ears) and get it through their ignorant skulls that this is a truly stunning album, as anyone with even the slightest sense of what good music sounds like can surely recognise. If you haven't already done so, buy it now.


Opens fantastically and just keeps on going. gets better with every listen. album of the year surely


Formed: 2000 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Initially embraced as "the Southern Strokes" for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on their debut full-length, Youth & Young Manhood. Such revivalist music was matched by a similarly revivalist appearance -- including long hair, mustaches, and tight-fitting...
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