Come Around Sundown - Kings of Leon
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  • Summary: Released two years after the international breakthrough hit Only by the Night, Come Around Sundown continues Kings of Leon's journey into the upper echelon of mainstream pop/rock, with super-sized choruses and guitar heroics thrown in for good measure.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    83
    Kings Of Leon's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, is just as much of a crowd-pleaser as Only By The Night, but the four Followills bring back more of the chasing-a-whim personality of their earlier albums.
  2. 80
    This time out, the band wants you to have an experience, and that's what you get, on a record that's over the top, wildly inventive and satisfying in the ever-deepening way of landmark longplayers from the last century. [Nov 2010, p.89]
  3. With its redemptive sins, Come Around Sundown ends up being a portrait of light and dark worthy of the rock and roll bible.
  4. Oct 22, 2010
    60
    It's all a show with Kings Of Leon, and there's nothing they yearn for more than the chance to exercise their sexual prowess.
  5. 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.
  6. Ultimately, too many of these tunes are rehearsal room grooves in search of a hook.
  7. Come Around Sundown is musical wallpaper for those who purchase such amenities from the likes of Tesco or Asda. It represents little more than a giant turd amidst a sea of mediocrity, several million of which will shortly be appearing in homes near you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 51
  2. Negative: 14 out of 51
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    A stellar followup to their breakout album "Only By Night", Kings of Leon continues delivering rousing anthem rock with a resonant emotional undercurrent. It's great work, and people who protest ought to take note that they're not "pushing the envelope" because they don't have to and that they haven't "sold out" because their sound, while on a grander scale here, still retains the soulful spirit of their first three albums. Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    9
    As soon as the first track plays u know ur listening to Kings of Leon. The powerful, thumping bass line in KOL's new album "Come Around Sundown" is dominant throughout the album. These guys are REALLY good, and the album is GREAT! 9/10!! MUST BUY! Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Les Kings of Leon sont fidèles à eux-mêmes et sortent un nouvel album solide bien que classique dans leur répertoire. Ceux qui découvriront ce groupe avec cet album adoreront les précédents, mais trouveront que le premier album, Youth and Young Manhood, détonne un peu dans le répertoire.
    Ce dernier opus ne dépasse cependant pas en qualité, à mon sens, Aha Shake Heratbreak, Because of The Times et We Are The Nights.
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  4. Jan 9, 2011
    7
    A solid rockin' album from the Kings of Leon. Different than all of their other albums, it shows them using their creativity to make BIG music. Would love to see them do some of these songs live. Go Kings! (btw Pitchfork, you are too full of yourselves. This album is much better than you say it is!) Expand
  5. 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 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! Collapse
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    3
    Although this album isn't as bad as the last two, I still feel cheated. Although there are brushes with greatness, KOL doesn't quite commit. Almost as if they believe that if they churn out something actually resembling rock that they are "cheapening" their artistic greatness. Ultimately KOL has become a clique, a perfect example of what happens when a great band starts believing their own press. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    0
    What a disappointment. I was hoping for something more innovative rather than some mundane, ho hum, material that falls way short of my expectations. I guess I will have be content listening to their previous efforts. What happened to the band I so loved? Expand

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