Kings of Leon’s new album is ‘WALLS. It’s the first album from the multi-Grammy winning rock band since 2013’s ‘Mechanical Bull.’ Critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews right here.
Kings of Leon — comprised of brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill and cousin Matthew Followill — are back with their seventh studio album. The title isn’t stylized, as many are these days, but rather, it’s acronym, standing for ‘We Are Like Love Songs.’
There’s been much anticipation for the new album, which is their first since ‘Mechanical Bull’ which divided the critics in 2013. It marked the band’s first collaboration with a new producer, Markus Dravs, who has worked with the likes of Coldplay and Arcade Fire, after parting ways with their longtime producer Angelo Petraglia.
In an interview with Billboard, Jared Followill said of the band’s work with Dravs, “He just said things that nobody had ever said to us. Like, ‘I don’t like that song, that’s not good, we can move on from that.”
Caleb Followill, further building up expectations, told USA Today, “Our goal was to do something different, to get out of the comfort zone we’d been in for the past couple of album.”
Now as ‘WALLS’ arrives in full, critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“…. Even if WALLS doesn’t live up to the marketing’s promise of completely redefining Kings of Leon’s sound, it at least finds them at ease with themselves. Although Mechanical Bull attempted the same thing after two albums’ worth of public turmoil, there was still an onset of exhaustion, the sense of a family band who hadn’t yet fully repaired their frayed relationships. But here, the Followills sound mature, relaxed, and locked in with one another. …..” –Consequence of Sound
“….It lacks the immediate bombast of either that last LP or 2010’s ‘Come Around Sundown’, but neither is it straight-up boring…..” –DIY
“….Perhaps a fightback is underway, with their seventh studio album returning to the glossy commercialism of their biggest record, 2008’s Only The Night. Working with producer Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons, Coldplay), the group strain for the anthem wallop of ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex On Fire’. The tone is strident and crowd-pleasing throughout….” –Irish Examiner
“…. But then again, perhaps we shouldn’t expect more from a band that’s usually at its best the closer it comes to simplicity, whether focussing on the alliance of bright rhythm guitar and muscular funk-rock groove that powers “Around The World”, or essaying a persuasive impression of Thin Lizzy’s swaggering machismo on “Eyes On You”. Sometimes, less is more……” -The Independent
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Kings of Leon’s ‘WALLS’ album cover art and videos below.