Kings Of Leon have grown up, and I don’t like it. They’re like your crazy drinking buddy who used to be a party and a half to hang out with, but has since gotten married, had kids, and become domesticated. I’m not saying those are bad things – but when he starts talking about stocks, strollers, and wine tasting, it makes you wonder where the old guy went.
This is Kings Of Leon. They went from whiskey-guzzling Southerners to wine sipping New Yorkers. From blues-rock screaming kids to arena rock singing adults. It’s not that this album as a whole isn’t good; it’s just that I miss the old KOL.
I’ve live tweeted my thoughts on the album, and I’m sharing my favorite track. Hope you enjoy.
Kings Of Leon – Mi Amigo
1. The End – Ok. If they keep it up, this will be the end of the band. Sounds EXACTLY like the last album. Move on, guys.
2. Radioactive – Ya. We all heard the single. It’s very U2. I guess if that’s what you’re going for…
3. Pyro – Here we go. There’s something a bit different in this track. Sounds like some of their softer early stuff, but polished. Not bad.
4. Mary – This is a new sound for the band. Band of Horses meets blues rock. Great guitar solo and galloping rhythm section on this one.
5. The Face – This song coolly talks about their identity crisis as a band. NY or TN? Ride out the arena rock wave? Or go back to our roots?
6. The Immortals – Bass line drives the verse, into an anthemic chorus. Nothing special here. More of the last album
7. Back Down South – A little country feel here. Sounds more like Taylor Swift than Johnny Cash, but it will do.
8. Beach Side – Apparently they’re staying down south with the pop-country genre. It does not look good on them.
9. No Money – Good opening. I think I like their songs with staccato strumming. It’s a good sound for them. Like.
10. Pony Up – This one is just weird. It’s got a The Cure vibe to it, but also some Vampire Weekend. Tune out the voice, and you’ll see.
11. Birthday – I don’t want to be listening to this anymore. Can I go back to Deerhunter’s new album?
12. Mi Amigo – Verse sounds like “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Beatles. That’s a good thing. The tasteless lyrics are a nice touch. Good job
13. Pickup Truck – Cool chill track to close out the album. I still miss the younger KOL.