right….rant time. i have been a massive kings of leon fan since 2003. yes 2003. i am not one of the hordes of people that jumped on the KOL bandwagon when the single ‘sex on fire’ and album ‘only by the night’ was released back in 2008. in fact, like most dedicated kings fans from the beggining, i hated that album. what i had loved previously about the kings was their raw, gravelly, gritty sound and this was lost on ‘only by the night’. the whole album was mainstream, slick and just average. i desperately wanted to like it but i just couldn’t. ‘sex on fire’ and ‘use somebody’ were overplayed, groups of drunken men on stag nights were karaokeing to ‘sex on fire’. i was devastated. kings had come along for me in 2003 at a point where i was going through some stuff and i was given a copy of their debut album ‘youth & young manhood’ and i literally fell in love with it. with all the drivel that was in the charts at the time, garage, r’n’b etc, here was a band that captured the gritty rock sound i was looking for. soon after, ‘aha shake heartbreak’, their second album was released and i was blown away. this is still my favourite kings album. everything about that album was perfect for me. when i listened to it, i understood what penny lane was all about when she said she wanted to be close to the band, not because they were famous, (in fact at that time kings were still relatively unheard of, at least amongst my friends) but because she loved the music. my favourite kings song are on that album, ‘milk’, ‘day old blues’ and ‘the bucket’. their third album, ‘because of the times’ was awesome, it seemed they could only get better. i saw kings play live a few times and fell in love with them all over again. then i awaited with anticipation what would come next, to me they had been getting better and better and it was such a let down when i heard ‘sex on fire’. i bought the album hoping that it was just a one-off mainstream track but i just couldn’t get into it. now here we are again, album number five, ‘come around sundown’ is coming out tomorrow. i recently read an interview with caleb followill, the lead singer in Q magazine where he admitted that they made a huge mistake with their last album even though it got to #1. they disappointed a lot of old-time fans and he calls ‘sex on fire’, the song that catapulted them into mainstream stardom, “a piece of shit” and has called the legions of fans that jumped on the bandwagon because of that song, “not fucking cool”. he bascially states that they are hoping to return to their former glory – gritty, rocky and not so slick – in the hopes of sloughing off all those unwanted fans. i quite like their debut single off the album so far though i don’t think it’s on par with anything off their first three albums, however, i have read pretty good reviews, from trusted reviewers, of the latest album and i shall be purchasing it tomorrow. i’ve read there’s gonna be a little bit of country/doo wop/pixies/creedence clearwater revival-esque sounds which is very promising. fingers crossed i get my beloved kings back, i have missed them.
…i heart this photo of caleb
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