Kings Of Leon
Come Around Sundown
RCA Records 
Fire Note Says: Safe but sound.
As much as I try to throw some hate towards Kings Of Leon for releasing one of the safest records in their career, I still have a hard time dissing them too much because Come Around Sundown still contains tracks that are memorable and will sound great in a playlist. The biggest overall problem is that KOL have tabled their flare of Southern gruff, found on earlier records, for the smoothed out mid-tempo soaring choruses of Only By The Night's catchy singles. Nobody can fault them for wanting to stay on top of the mountain they have been climbing since their 2003 debut but it will take awhile, for any listener here to get the song titles correct because each track on Come Around Sundown has similar pace, similar vocals and similar chord progression. With that said, more then one of these tracks will kill on rock radio and in their stadium show, so depending what you want, Kings Of Leon can still deliver the goods but it would have been nice for them to use their stardom and offer a better mix of where they came from, where they have been and where they are going. The saving grace is that Come Around Sundown will still be a mega success and it leaves the open potential to blow us away on its follow up!
Key Tracks: "The End", "Radioactive", "Back Down South"
Kings Of Leon: Only By The Night [Fire Note Review 9/25/08]
Kings Of Leon: Because Of The Times [Fire Note Review 4/3/07]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony