In a pre-release interview, drummer Nathan Followill described Come Around Sundown as being “fun” and “beach-y.” (Goof on the press much, Nathan?) While the new album isn’t bound to inspire dreams of hanging 10 and clambakes, it certainly is fun - that is, if your idea of a good time is a record that is by turns challenging, soothing, difficult to categorize and thrilling from its opening seconds.
This might come as sad news for those who still pine for the chicken-fried days of Holy Roller Novocaine, of unkempt hair and moustaches and bluesy, vaguely Black Crowes garage jams.
On the other hand, it will provide prompt, sweet succor for the millions who revel in what the group has become, that rare and beautiful thing in art: a band that writes and breaks their own rules as they go along, one that now exists with little to no antecedent, with a sound and spirit as unique as inexplicable as the sun.
On Come Around Sundown, Kings Of Leon deliver soulful ache and a whirlpool of purposeful, spacey noise that demand nothing of the listener but to dive in and be cleansed.
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