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Initially embraced as "the Southern Strokes" for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed themselves into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on ... Read more in Amazon's Kings of Leon Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B003YCOOB2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon's fifth album was recorded in New York at Avatar Studios and produced once again by Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King.
Come Around Sundown is the follow-up to the hugely successful Only By The Night, which sold over six million copies worldwide and garnered four Grammy Awards and two Brits, and is yet another bold and expansive statement by the Nashville, Tennessee-based quartet.

BBC Review

Kings of Leon’s rise has always been accompanied by a ramshackle charm. No matter how big the gig, there was never a ‘show’ beyond a set of grainy black’n’white screens. That, or the occasional shower of pigeon droppings. They addressed the biggest and wildest festival headline crowds as if they were playing The Bull & Gate. Their music remained as scratchy and ragged at Wembley as it was when they were rehearsing in a Tennessee barnyard. And they tour as relentlessly today as they did when they lived in the back seat of daddy’s preachermobile.

Come Around Sundown, however, is where "aw shucks" becomes Picks-N-Sticks. While 2008’s Only by the Night was a tentative grasp for arena atmospheres on record, here they settle into their new, plush, A-list comfort zone. Inevitably this means a loss of edge – there are cod-soul bass interludes on Birthday that could be being played by Sting, and the shadow of the Eagles hangs heavier than ever over Mi Amigo. But anyone expecting These New Puritans levels of experimentation are barking up the wrong throne here. The days when they’d scare/thrill their listeners by lobbing in an unexpected Charmer seem distant indeed; this is the Kings graciously accepting their ceremonial mainstream robes.

They’re polite, considerate boys mind, and hence there’s a weight of responsibility being carried through Come Around Sundown. The homecoming themes of first single Radioactive and the wonderful bluegrass-tinged Back Down South smack of paying respect to their roots. Elsewhere, Caleb sings of failing to live up to expectations, be it romantically (The End, Pickup Truck), financially (No Money) or legally (the kerosene-crazed Pyro), giving the album an undercurrent of desperation, inadequacy, a lack of control. Beneath the confident sonic veneer, Come Around Sundown is tearing at its new designer shirts.

But their greatest responsibility is to The Masses, and our reward is to feel the quality. There’s none of the filler that dotted Only by the Night here: from the Police-ish punk-funk of The Immortals to the limbo Weddoes of Pony Up and the brash Spector brilliance of Mary, melodies sparkle like diamonds scattered in a cornfield. True, they too often fall back on their Use Somebody default setting, but even then they’re never less than affecting and rarely short of heartbreak.

With the bare minimum of innovation on show and nothing approaching the pure pop elation of Sex on Fire, Come Around Sundown will go down as KoL’s classic consolidation album. Fingers crossed that from here they can achieve another stylistic leap a la 2007’s Because of the Times, rather than getting too cosy in the executive dressing rooms, designing 60ft palm tree stage sets and bewailing the curtained-off upper tiers.

--Mark Beaumont

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. L. THOMPSON on 4 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Have been a big fan of KOL for sometime but wasn't sure they could pull off another great album, especially after not being impressed by Radioactive. However, just love Come Around Sundown, not so much for individual tracks but because it holds together as a sequence of tracks beautifully. Tracks like Back Down South and Mary hark back to country roots. But is it me or are their hints of the Smiths on Pyro and Birthday? Pick Up Truck reminds me of Arizona which is my favourite KOL track. But as I say I have to listen to the whole album, again, again and again....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are a few outstanding tracks on this album. Overall, it's pretty dull and uninspiring, I think everyone including myself expected more.
On the day of release, I eagerly logged onto the Itunes Store to listen to the previews. Now, if you go and do this, you will notice nearly every track sounds the same, which shocked me, as they've always had many different styles on one album, especially in Only By The Night with the likes of 17, Notion and Use Somebody. After this disappointment, I decided I should probably not judge by previews, as they're generally quite deceptive with only 30 seconds of the song. My fiance bought me this for Christmas, and my first listen to it was while I had the flu, lucky me, and only a few tracks made me go 'wow'.
Below is the track listing and my opinions on all of the songs.
1. The End.
One of my three favourites of the album. Such a powerful bassline and beautiful, beautiful guitar playing. I like how Jared's chords fit in perfectly with Caleb's singing and the pauses. I like the lyrics in this song and the way they are sung, especially parts like "Said I ain't got a home, I'll forever roam.." It's a fantastic, start to the album, and leaves you with high hopes for the rest of it. I also liked the ironic song name, and the variety of instruments used in the composition. The ending of the song is absolutely beautiful. Overall, it's an amazing song, just what I wanted to hear from them.
2. Radioactive.
The first single from CAS. I was so, so, so excited to see on the music channels "New Kings of Leon Video Exclusive." Admittedly, it's not the best song ever. Yes, it's upbeat and happy but it's nothing in comparison to some of their old greats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Clayton on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Because of the reviews and their last outing "only by the night" I went in anticipating a poor album, I actually only bought it because I had an Amazon voucher given to me. Although this is a million miles away from their first 2 albums in terms of quality, is actually not half bad. To get my point across I compare this to the last album (which is really the only one it can compare to without being trashed) it doesn't reach any of the same heights with songs like "closer" for instance but equally never reaches the lows of the last, its consistent throughout with each song being fairly good. It lacks guitar riffs and is built around more how good Caleb's voice is, the result is although pretty week, a reasonably good listen. That being said I still would only recommend this album if you get it very cheap/borrow it. Conversely if you think that their last album is the best, you should definitely get this, and maybe if you want some reaffirmed faith that Kings of Leon are perhaps at least trying to get back on track then give it a shot. This is not a poor album but as the inevitable comparison always goes back to their early days, it's just no where near as good. Go in expecting nothing but fairly good music, nothing special, as that's all your gonna get, but given their last album, this for me is a step (albeit small) in the right direction. 2.5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Bateman on 18 Nov. 2010
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Thought Only By Night was superb - well at least 7 of the tracks. Sex on Fire, Use Somebody will, I am sure, be played as classics in 20 years. So I was soooo looking forward to this album.

I've listened to it 20+ times. It's not the same. I love "The End" - the first track. The opening alone is brilliant. In fact, the opening few bars are often better than what follows.. So for me, a disappointment.

Gutted.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By HeavyCake on 19 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you were hoping for Youth & Young Manhood... look elsewhere. If you hoping for Aha Shake Heartbreak... look elsewhere. If you were hoping for Because Of The Times... look elsewhere. If you were hoping for Only By The Night... you're in luck!
Come Around Sundown pretty much follows on from their 4th album. It is still a good album in some respects but when they have set their level so high with the first 3 albums this just doesn't sit right. You can tell they have tried to rediscover their magic by creating good basslines and nice KOL signature guitar sounds, but their gritty upbeat tempo and rough snappy lyrics are replaced by a clean layered sound and long drawn out yelps which start to make each song sound a bit similar and repetative, and quite frankly a waste of a good tune in some cases.

Structurely the songs have become more "radio friendly" instead of their usual unstructured and not so obvious choruses which in my opinion created their unique sound and made them poles apart from anything around. The Followill's turned up nose to normal structured songs created their loyal fan base from the begining and you can see why they are starting to lose patience with what is being created of late.

As i said before, it isn't a bad album and there are some good sounds made throughout, it's just hampered by Caleb's drawn out yelps which don't suit his style of voice and makes some songs repetative. The End, Pyro and The Face sound extremely similar due to this and although good sounds are made by their instruments, vocally it sounds lazy, probably because he ad libbed majority of the album instead of the tried and tested they have readily prepared for recording.
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