[LP] KINGS OF LEON were once the PONY to every girl growing UP

in a round of bullets the bloodhounds know, i saw the midnight come and i watched her go

♫ Kings Of Leon – Pony Up

I always think I like Kings of Leon more than I actually do. When I think of jams like “The Bucket,” “Knocked Up,” “On Call,” and “Sex on Fire” I feel like KoL must be one of my favorite bands but the truth is that their albums all have moderate-at-best play counts. They have crafted some gems in their days but their albums all seem to have quite a bit of filler. Come Around Sundown is different but it’s a weird kind of different. Let me put it this way, the first time I heard “Sex on Fire” was when a friend thrust headphones into my ears and wildly explained that she was about to blow my mind with the new KoL track. I am sure that she is not doing the same with any of the tracks on Come Around Sundown. The album lacks any of the huge unstoppably catchy jams that have catapulted the boys from Tennessee to fame over their last 2 albums. First single “Radioactive” was initially a big disappointment but it’s hard to to tell how much of that was because of the brow-furrowing reverse-racist video. It took three listens through Sundown to even be able to pick my album favorite, “Pony Up.” Not a good sign. (although I’m digging “The Face” a lot lately) But the album is actually quite listenable. Does the lack of a standout jam mean that the rest of the tracks have stepped up from filler status? Or is the whole album just filler? See, that last notion seems too harsh, but the first seems too generous for an album I know won’t be making my ‘best-of’ list. I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Whether consciously or not, the Kings missed the mark on any sort of 2010 “Use Somebody” and instead opted for a more somber and straightforward album that lacks the rough and raw energy of their early albums, as well as the more experimental sounds of 2007’s Because Of The Times. Anyway, the album aside, most people have already made up your mind on either hating or loving King of Leon but I say give it a listen or two with an open mind and you might enjoy it. Or not.

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7 replies
  1. nicole
    nicole says:

    I can’t believe you accused them of being racist because they are hanging out with some black kids.
    You have no evidence that they are being racist. All I see in the incredibly cheesy video is bad acting.

  2. nicole
    nicole says:

    I can’t believe you accused them of being racist because they are hanging out with some black kids.
    You have no evidence that they are being racist. All I see in the incredibly cheesy video is bad acting.

  3. nicole
    nicole says:

    I can’t believe you accused them of being racist because they are hanging out with some black kids.
    You have no evidence that they are being racist. All I see in the incredibly cheesy video is bad acting.

  4. nicole
    nicole says:

    I can’t believe you accused them of being racist because they are hanging out with some black kids.
    You have no evidence that they are being racist. All I see in the incredibly cheesy video is bad acting.

  5. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Read it again Nicole, I never said they were racist. I accused the video of REVERSE-racism, trying to prove you aren’t racist by over-doing it in the opposite direction. That kind of “look at my band and how much we love black people!” act is quite off putting, despite being completely irrelevant to the song. And yes, the bad acting certainly didn’t help.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Tried to love the album I really have but I think it needs more time, shame. ‘Pickup Truck’ is the stand out track for me by quite a mile.

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