Review: Walls by Kings of Leon

WALLS by Kings of LeonWell, you don’t expect a revolution from the Kings of Leon anymore. You don’t expect them to make a left turn now, not when they’ve cemented their status as a crowd pleaser at festivals. I came in expecting nothing, at least nothing “life-changing”, with their latest record Walls (it apparently stands for We Are Like Love Songs – nice try at being obscure, guys). Well, that held true, but at least they felt comfortable. It’s like they just settled back into a groove and decided to not try hard, to just focus on the tunes. It feels relaxed. I hear a whistle somewhere, even. It feels comfortable. It feels comfy. It feels cozy. It’s not memorable, but it’s not offensive either. It does nothing much, depending on what you’re doing. Me, I was having an anxiety attack. This album’s final stretch – it gets really settled at the end – may have done the trick. Or not. I forgot already. [NB]3/5


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