For the alternative rock band, Kings of Leon, making an album isn’t so much about pleasing an audience. The quartet has already found success in their most well-received album, Only By The Night. Not so much of a game changer, their recent effort WALLS radiates their struggle of keeping a steady musical momentum.
According to frontman Caleb Followill, the album is reminiscent of the metaphor, “the walls coming down.” A slightly cheesy take on learning how to break free. Though for Kings of Leon, it holds a personal part in their entire journey as a band and perhaps as brothers. In the words of Followill himself, “there is some real stuff being said.”
The record opens with Waste A Moment, a thundering track that carries their signature crunchy riffs. This is followed by the soft, almost indie-like, mellow intro in Reverend that finds its way to a powerful chorus.
The most noteworthy track, however, is Around The World smothered in a frolicking opening just begging to be admired. The track then flawlessly transitions to Find Me, a song carrying that certain repetitive melody seeping into almost every track in the album. Unfortunately, the title track and ballad, Walls, happens to be one of the those tracks.
Despite the disappointing lack of variety, we've got songs like Conversation Piece with Followill's beaming country-like vocals and Muchacho, an ethereal piece illuminating a vibrant aura far from their usual angst.
Though confessing how much of a challenge it was to produce this record, Kings of Leon undoubtedly delivered. But, this of course, is in spite of the record's lack of angst that seems to be seeping through repetitive rock melodies. After all, what's Kings of Leon without their signature and familiar garage sound anyway?
Listen to WALLS here:
Track gems: Around The World, Eyes On You, Muchacho
Photo Credit: Supplied, RCA Records