Album review: Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull
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4/5As the Followill family collective approach their 13th year, you could say that they are entering a phase of manhood as a band. Brothers Nathan, Caleb, Jared, and their first-cousin Matt, have been quaking the world with their unique brand of alt/dixie/garage rock since the commercial success of their third album Because of the Times in 2007, which put them on the map. However, it was the year of 2008 that all kicked into gear for the Tennessee-quartet with the release Only By The Night and mild rock anthems ‘Sex On Fire’, and ‘Use Somebody’ that effectually propelled Kings of Leon to worldwide recognition. Lauded for their rugged and ready style, the lads bring the heat once again with their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. You can always rely on Kings of Leon to serve a winning concoction of magnetic narratives held together by stupendous guitar riffs to grab our attention, a sturdy drum to hold us in, and woeful but effortless vocals from frontman Caleb. The album jumps to a start with the hit single ‘Supersoaker’, a blues number which has been absolutely drenched with their signature, rock n’ roll sound. This statement rings true for the majority of the album, however, the overall sound is less gritty in comparison to their early day vibe heard in likes of ‘Charmer’ and popular car sing-a-long ‘McFearless’.
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