The Kings rule

Posted: November 16, 2010 by Bibek in Uncategorized
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Listen to “Wasted Time” and “California Waiting” and then spin “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” You notice the difference. The kings has grown bigger and better since their debut album “Youth and Young Manhood” in 2002. It seems like with “Only by the Night,” their 2008 album, Kings of Leon hit the right spot: the top slot. And thus they were on Rolling Stone cover dubbed as: “the God-fearing, booze-swilling rise of American’s hottest band.” [Watch the Rolling Stone video for their cover shoot here]

Formed in 1999 by the band of Followill brothers, Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew, in Tennessee, Kings of Leon have evolved as as band. Compared to their initial days, their vocal, style and presentation has gone some subtle modulations, and all for good. Right now, I don’t know if a song like “Wasted Time” could sell to the mass and peak the charts like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” And if covers count popularity, various artists have covered their hits, in a good and bad way. While Paramore has done a worth listening acoustic version of “Use Somebody,” I quite did not like the techno pop version of The Cousins’ “Sex on Fire.”

King of Leon’s  fifth album in seven years, “Come Around Sundown” retains the fresher Kings of Leon sounds, akin to their 2008 “Only by the Night,” which got three nominations at the 51st Grammy Awards with “Sex of Fire” winning the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. At the 52nd Grammys, “Use Somebody” from the same album won the Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

“Radioactive” from their latest album has already hit the airwaves. Anthony Caleb’s vocals stand prominent in this song and also throughout the album, and not to forget the music too. “Mary, “The Immortals,” and “Pony Up” are some of the songs that stands out the list of 13. And yes, listen to “Back Down South,” which seems as if it has a Tennessee (country) touch. [Here’s the play list]



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