michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — KINGS OF LEON

In album review on 11/16/2010 at 5:00 pm

KINGS OF LEON

Come Around Sundown

(RCA)

After 2008’s Only by the Night sold a zillion copies and made the four Followills global stars, there was really only one direction to shoot for on their fifth album: bigger. And most of the 13 songs on Come Around Sundown are U2-size huge. Monster riffs, giant verses, and ground-shaking choruses are all over the album. The Kings sound quite comfortable in the settings, even when they’re skirting doo-wop (“Mary”) or courting summer pop (“Beach Side”). Caleb Followill can still be a cryptic lyricist, and brother Nathan doesn’t play the drums as much as he sort of gracefully pounds on them. But the shimmering guitars pull the band through the vast and often magnificent landscape.

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