Artist: Kings of Leon
Title: Come Around Sundown
Release date: October 19
I think it's funny that people are getting all bent out of shape over the supposed "selling out" of Kings of Leon, saying their new record sucks worse than that sucky one that sold a bajillion copies a few years ago. What these people are really pissed off about is that they fell for the hype when this band arrived early last decade.
This band was built on a backstory more than it was ever built on music, which developed relatively quickly and has now reached its fully realized and predetermined state. To any old-school Kings of Leon fan who thinks pre-rock-star KoL was ever any one of these things -- raw, garage, southern rock, indie, edgy, scrappy, shaggy, upstarts, hungry -- is a mark for the ol' starmaking machinery, which worked its black magic once again. Sorry you had to be that mark, old-school KoL fan.
Here's what KoL were back in the day: young and maybe a little unpolished. That's it. They were gonna be rock stars from day one. The Kings of Leon of yesteryear were a less-professional version of the KoL, circa 2010 and beyond. This so-called sellout record was already in the works even as you were talking about how your new favorite band, Kings of Leon, seemed like the kind of dudes who were always gonna keep it real, because they're not flavor-of-the-month pop stars like all the rest.
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