The Kings of Leon release you have been waiting for!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Lots of good buzz started happening when Kings of Leon first burst onto the scene and sadly some inconsistent releases soon followed. A band in search of their sound and identity has come full circle with Mechanical Bull. In the day of the digital download and a plethora of bands whose difference can be measured by the thickness of a sheet of paper, Kings of Leon have finally arrived!
The band stretches out from the conventional sound that at times had them all over the place. From the grunge funk of "Family Tree" to the deconstructed alternative country tinged ballad in "On The Chin" we finally have a chance to listen to a group that may not be getting near the ink they deserve. Mechanical Bull is far more than a sound but a musical collective that transcends everything wrong with modern rock today. Some hard core fans may argue this is a band that may have lost their way or is attempting to "sell-out." Music is a business first and foremost, if mature songwriting and performing with a melodic sense of purpose is selling out then I am sure there are dozens of bands willing to trade places with Kings of Leon at this point in time.
To survive in the music business a band must evolve and grow, the exponential growth of Kings of Leon since their last release is nothing short of amazing. While the variety here is plentiful, the ebb and flow is never compromised. One of the better releases for 2013
Tracks: Supersoaker; Rock City; Don't Matter; Beautiful War; Temple; Wait For Me; Family Tree; Comeback Story; Tonight; Coming Back Again; On The Chin.
Kings of Leon:
Caleb Followill: Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Nathan Followill: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Jared Followill: Bass, Vocals, Piano
Matthew Followill: Guitar, Vocals, Glockenspiel, Vibes.