Album Review: Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull

Best known for their fourth studio album Only By The Night, winning three Grammy Awards in 2010, Kings of Leon are back with a sixth. We will get to the new album momentarily. First, you might be wondering what’s happened between then and now. The same year they won their Grammy Awards, Kings of Leon released their fifth album, Come Around Sundown. The album was internationally hugely successful, yet left the pop fueled fire of Only By The Night to flicker out. Their sound left it’s folk routes and took a beach vacation. They picked up clean So-Cal guitar sounds and shedding the gristle twang that so many of their fans love. Luckily, Kings of Leon get back to their roots in Mechanical Bull.

Key Tracks: Supersoaker,” “Family Tree,” and “Don’t Matter”

The first single off the album, Supersoaker,” boasts raspy, raw, southern vocals about a girl on the Mississippi delta. “Don’t Matter” sounds like it could be straight off of one of their first albums from a decade ago, yet some of the other songs like “Tonight” pull together elements from all of their albums to give us an evolved sound. The Kings of Leon have managed to get back to their roots and reinvent themselves all at once.

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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