Come Around Sundown

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
While few of the songs on Come Around Sundown are as blatantly commercial as Only by the Night's "Use Somebody," the track list is still filled with super-sized, guitar-driven, modern rock pomp. Kings of Leon are acutely aware that loud, booming anthems are the best way to fill a stadium, and Come Around Sundown is engineered to sound as immense as possible. Nowhere is this more evident than in Caleb Followill's choruses, which emphasize sustained high notes, and Matthew Followill's guitar lines, which split their time between moody textures and cyclic, reverb-heavy riffs. The few diversions from that template are some of the album's best moments, but "Use Somebody" has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
While few of the songs on Come Around Sundown are as blatantly commercial as Only by the Night's "Use Somebody," the track list is still filled with super-sized, guitar-driven, modern rock pomp. Kings of Leon are acutely aware that loud, booming anthems are the best way to fill a stadium, and Come Around Sundown is engineered to sound as immense as possible. Nowhere is this more evident than in Caleb Followill's choruses, which emphasize sustained high notes, and Matthew Followill's guitar lines, which split their time between moody textures and cyclic, reverb-heavy riffs. The few diversions from that template are some of the album's best moments, but "Use Somebody" has become the band's benchmark, and most of this album is in that same commercial vein.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886976496821
  • Catalog Number: 764968
  • Sales rank: 2,297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The End (4:24)
  2. 2 Radioactive (3:26)
  3. 3 Pyro (4:10)
  4. 4 Mary (3:25)
  5. 5 The Face (3:28)
  6. 6 The Immortals (3:28)
  7. 7 Back Down South (4:01)
  8. 8 Beach Side (2:50)
  9. 9 No Money (3:05)
  10. 10 Pony Up (3:04)
  11. 11 Birthday (3:15)
  12. 12 Mi Amigo (4:06)
  13. 13 Pickup Truck (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kings of Leon Primary Artist, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Angelo Petraglia Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Jacquire King Percussion, Background Vocals
Caleb Followill Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Nathan Followill Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Jared Followill Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Xylophone, Omnichord
Matthew Followill Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Liam O'Neil Synthesizer, Piano, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer Strings, Hammond B3
Chris Coleman Trumpet, Background Vocals
Robert Mallory Fiddle
Technical Credits
Richard Dodd Mastering
Angelo Petraglia Producer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Jacquire King Producer, Engineer
Ken Levitan Management
Caleb Followill Composer
Nathan Followill Composer
Jared Followill Composer
Matthew Followill Composer
Ken Weinstein Publicity
Brad Bivens Engineer
Scott Clayton Booking
Andy Mendelsohn Management
Peter Nash Booking
James Hopkins Publicity
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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    10 out of 10 stars!

    Most people wouldn't assume this about me, but I'm a rock junkie. People ask me what type of music I like. They expect me to say pop (which is not even a real genre, to begin with). Or Ke$ha. Maroon 5. Bruno Mars. The truth is, yes, I do enjoy all the mentioned artists but it's only because they're unavoidable -- I listen to whatever's on the radio and they are always on the radio. I may be a generation or two ahead of myself, but if you take a look through my CD collection, the majority of it consists of The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Smiths, John Butler, classics, classics. Most of my friends are like, "Yeah, the Beatles are LEGENDS, but if you scroll through my iPod, I'm only gonna have one or two songs by them on it, not one or two hundred....wait a second, who the hell's Pink Floyd?"
    What's sad is, only one of my friends knows about Come Around Sundown. And he's in a band. I fell in love with Kings of Leon after I first heard "Use Somebody" in the car. It's fortunate I wasn't driving, or else I would have stopped in the middle of the road to listen to (and memorize) the entire song right then and there.
    Then came last month's issue of Spin magazine. Kings of Leon, front cover, inside spread. Yessir. I read every word of the interview, and I knew I had to get their newest release. And so I did.
    Fans expecting Come Around Sundown to be the new album of "Sex on Fire"s will be disappointed. Majorly disappointed. It doesn't make this one any lesser than the one before, but it's definitely different. To me though, that just displays the amazing versatility in voice, rhythm, and passion these guys carry.
    You'll be stunned by how big of a range Kings of Leon will perform. Most of the negative reviews for the new album came out of the despondency of what they've become. They've evolved from the off-key tone of Caleb Followill backed up by chilling chords and catchy drumbeats, to a more mainstream, lyrical group. The album featured some bouts of punk ("The Immortals" -- one of my favorites), country from their Nashville roots ("Back Down South"), and even gospel ("Radioactive").
    Kings of Leon is no longer just a rock band. Come Around Sundown is not by any means, the newer version of their successful preceding album, Only By the Night, but it is this: it is the vice, the virtue of this insouciant, elusive band. It is the end of a successful musical career, and the beginning of a preeminent musical empire. It is an enigma -- not completely predictable, but totally, wholly astounding, and it will alter the way you think about alternative rock.
    Listeners complain that Kings of Leon has changed, and they're absolutely right; Kings of Leon will never be the same.

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