Kings of Leon: A Review

Last month Kings of Leon kickstarted their U.S. tour here in Charlotte and of course I was there to witness Caleb Followill work his vocal magic. Although the tour was mostly composed of songs from their latest album, Walls (2016), they still incorporated classics from my favorite albums, Only by the Night (2008) and Come Around Sundown (2010).

Although Walls contributed popular singles like “Waste a Moment” and “Reverend”, many of the tracks had a sound we don’t often hear from the band. Kings of Leon are famous for putting a little twang into their rock alternative tunes, however this album contributed more of a 1980’s Springsteen feel in the guitar melodies. I appreciate the band mixing up their sound, but the entire album feels overproduced, not atoning to the long and pure guitar string melodies we’re used to. “Eyes on You” is the only song from the album that appreciates classic Kings of Leon with the upbeat momentum and rock and roll vibes. “Walls” was also another favorite of mine as it sounded  completely raw unlike the rest of the filtered album.

I have been a Kings of Leon fan since “Sex on Fire”, and although Walls is not my favorite work by this talented group, I definitely suggest listening to it as well as some of their older albums. To encourage you to love Kings of Leon as much as I do, I have compiled a list of my favorite songs (in no particular order) for you to check out and decipher for yourself:

“Rock City”

“Supersoaker”

“Wait for Me”

“Pyro”

“Mary”

“The Immortals”

“No Money”

“Beach Side”

“Closer”

“Crawl”

“Sex on Fire”

“Revelry”

“I Want You”

“Cold Desert”

“On Call”

“Taper Jean Girl”

About the Author

Nancy Carroll is a senior at UNCC double majoring in English and Political Science. When she is off campus you can find her speculating Star Wars fan theories or hanging out with her cats. If she ever graduates, Nancy would like to join a publishing house and see the world.

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