Come Around Sundown

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2010
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 116
  2. Negative: 21 out of 116
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  1. Oct 26, 2010
    5
    For every interesting moment, there's a dull one. None of the songs compel me to make a return visit, though I suppose it could sound better after repeat listens. Not because the music's complex, but because it might sound familiar and comfortable after a while.
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    5
    it's not good, it's not horrible, it's just blah: background music for coffee shops. the album is well recorded (it does sound really nice), but poorly written. the songs left me absolutely unaffected emotionally, and the few moments that caught my attention musically unfortunately did so for all the wrong reasons. they are simply too reminiscent of certain things the band did before. init's not good, it's not horrible, it's just blah: background music for coffee shops. the album is well recorded (it does sound really nice), but poorly written. the songs left me absolutely unaffected emotionally, and the few moments that caught my attention musically unfortunately did so for all the wrong reasons. they are simply too reminiscent of certain things the band did before. in other words, they're rehashing some old bits and pieces almost note for note, capitalizing on "the formula", presumably (or perhaps they were just too busy counting the revenue generated by the "break-through" to come up with anything new). Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    4
    This is the fifth album for the Tennessee based band and unlike the whiskey the state is known so well for, The Kings of Leon have not matured well with age. Coming off their pop success of Only by the Night, this album also lacks the soul of earlier albums like Because of the Times or Youth and Young Manhood. The teenage girl/soccer mom sing alongs like Radioactive & Pyro don't provideThis is the fifth album for the Tennessee based band and unlike the whiskey the state is known so well for, The Kings of Leon have not matured well with age. Coming off their pop success of Only by the Night, this album also lacks the soul of earlier albums like Because of the Times or Youth and Young Manhood. The teenage girl/soccer mom sing alongs like Radioactive & Pyro don't provide any emotional lyrics to really latch on to. Mary is your atypical 50s slow song with a variation of two alternating electric guitar chords blaring in the background. Lyrically, KOL is trying imagery of being back home in Tennessee; tired and homesick from touring. The lyrics feel infant, unimagined and cheap compared to songs like McFearless or Charmer. Go out and listen to Because of the Times if you truly want a sense of what this band is made of. Song Redemption : (couldn't find one)
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  4. Jan 6, 2012
    6
    Come Around Sundown is a true portrait of how the band has gradually declined in quality since their first superb record, Youth & Young Manhood. Although the melancholy album shows the odd glimpse of the exciting Kings of the past (in songs such as Mary), the record as a whole ultimately fails to grasp the imagination, relying on lazy regurgitation of 'Only By the Night'-esque anthems andCome Around Sundown is a true portrait of how the band has gradually declined in quality since their first superb record, Youth & Young Manhood. Although the melancholy album shows the odd glimpse of the exciting Kings of the past (in songs such as Mary), the record as a whole ultimately fails to grasp the imagination, relying on lazy regurgitation of 'Only By the Night'-esque anthems and sounds. Whilst listening to The End (the opening song) I found myself inevitably wondering how the band could fall from such raw grit of songs like Four Kicks and Pistol Of Fire, to the contrived and empty numbers of Only By the Night and Come Around Sundown. Here's to hoping the Followills will rediscover their musical heart and soul next time around! Expand
  5. j30
    Feb 19, 2012
    4
    Once you've accepted that Kings of Leon have lost their edge, Come Around Sundown goes down a little bit easier. That's until you listen to a track from Because Of The Times, Aha Shake Heartbreak, or Youth and Young Manhood than you hate it.
  6. Nov 1, 2012
    6
    They still got a nice flair in their songs, but it's not that special as in 'Only By The Night'. The lyrics got ruder, the whole appearance of the CD is kind of drab. Yet, they've got a couple of great songs on here, too, so you won't do bad with checking it out. They still make nice music.
  7. Sep 3, 2013
    4
    [4.6] Instead of making decent southern rock inspired by blues and classic rock, Kings of Leon make an uninspired, unoriginal, and stale pop folk album. Kings of Leon were never really that impressive, but they at least put some work into their music, and made it enjoyable. They progressively lose the little depth they have in their music and ultimately try too hard to end up on the radio.
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    36
    Come Around Sundown is, and it ends up being no different from a lot of the phony populism in the air these days.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    While enjoyable and familiar, this set of songs reflects a band who knows what music they don't want to be making but haven't--at least, not yet--determined what it is they want to be defined by instead.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Sundown is still considerably boring when compared to the likes of the Kings' first three albums. It's also too long, the back end sacked with faceless mid-tempo songs devoid of hooks that can't compare to the mini-epics up front.