“Mechanical Bull,” Kings of Leon’s new album, is nothing short of a success.
The album has the same rugged style of rock the band played on their earlier albums.
The band took a hiatus in 2011 after touring for their album “Come Around Sundown,” which was a successful album. However, it ventured away from the same dirty southern rock feel the band had been known for.
The first two songs on the album, “Supersoaker” and “Rock City,” show that Kings of Leon are back with their storytelling the old music always
The most intricate part of the band’s music, and the reason why they are my favorite band, is the way Caleb Followill can put so much raw emotion into any song he sings.
No matter what song from what album you listen to, you know Caleb is singing it with passion and with emotion.
Lead guitarist Matthew Followill maintains his usual powerful and melodic guitar riffs and excellent solos throughout the entire album.
Toward the middle of the album is a song called “Wait for Me” that seems to be an appeal to fans of the band after their hiatus and Caleb’s rehab rumors.
The song features the repetitive lyric of “It’s all better now / wait for me.”
Rumors of the band’s breakup seem to be a theme for the album, as the very next song “Family Tree,” provides lyrics that insinuate the band does not plan to go anywhere.
Another common theme among Kings of Leon’s music is a southern-gospel feel.
“Family Tree” provides that same theme with a combination of vocals and handclaps.
Overall, the album is a tremendous success.
Is it their best album?
Probably not, but I would argue that it is their best one since “Because of the Times,” which came out in 2007.
The album has been on repeat since it came out, and personally, I am just glad the band is still together and making great music.
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