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Disappointing, but not completely without merit,
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This review is from: Mechanical Bull (Audio CD)
Disappointing. I think this is going to be my last Kings Of Leon purchase, unless I hear something from them that changes my mind. This album is a very tame, unexciting version of the band, almost like a modern-day Eagles. In fact, I almost feel as if I'm insulting the spirit of The Eagles by making the comparison, but the soft-rock/country feel of this album really warrants the comparison. Believe me, I don't enjoy criticising a band I really like, I've been a fan of the Kings Of Leon since the very first album and have very much enjoyed much of their output, especially their first three releases, but "Mechanical Bull", despite the rather macho title is a damp squib. I've given this a few listens and, although it's fairly decent, there aren't the riffs, the leftfield arrangements or the sheer adrenaline rush present here that made their earlier material so vital.
There are a few songs on here I've grown to really like which make this album almost worth buying - "Rock City", "Don't Matter" and "Family Tree". They all contain some of the Kings Of Leon sound and attitude that made me a fan and the latter, despite its compositional simplicity, is probably my favourite from "Mechanical Bull". It's funny, but "Supersoaker", one of the supposed hits from the album, really hasn't grabbed me at all and too much of the album is simply average. I'm sure the diehard Kings Of Leon fans will defend this album, calling it "amazing" and I'm resigned to the negative votes for this lukewarm review, but it just doesn't measure up to their own standards, let alone other brilliant albums you can buy at the moment. This is one Kings Of Leon fan who will need a lot of persuasion to spend hard cash on any further release. Back to the drawing board, gents.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2014 19:05:49 GMT
Mr. Thomas P. King says:
It sounds like The Eagles? It no more sounds like the Eagles than it does Tiny Tim!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2014 16:55:15 GMT
Andy Sweeney says:
Respectfully, I disagree.
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