Thom Reviews Kings Of Leon

By on Sunday, 21st September 2008 at 3:59 am

Fresh of headlining a host of UK festivals, the Followill clan release their latest effort; “Only By The Night.” Since the release of their last album, a lot’s changed, they’ve become one of the biggest acts in the world today and some would argue they are one of the defining bands of their generation.

This album takes a strong turn from previous efforts, the tracks are still stadium-friendly, but aside from the leading single “Sex on Fire” and the infectious “Crawl” the rest of the album is slower paced and at times synth-clad (“Closer”).

The ever distorted effects and guitar solos are still in full force, and Jared Followill’s bass is yet again a pleasure. A particular highlight is “Manhattan” which is the best display of the band in tune both lyrically and musically throughout the album.

Now that I’ve gotten over the heavy southern accent which at first put me off this band, I can pay more attention to the lyrics, which are one of the points on which Only By The Night progresses from previous efforts. There is stability throughout the album and the vocals are done with a sense of passion similar to no other.

Whilst the album is one of the finest releases of the year and will no doubt let the Southern rockers continue indulging in their newly found status, there are not enough typically garage rock tracks as one has come to expect from this band. A listen to “17” will leave a listener extremely satisfied yet craving for more, which is unfortunately a running theme throughout the album.


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