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  • Summary: The ninth full-length studio release from Nasville-based rock band Kings of Leons was produced by Kid Harpoon.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
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  1. May 10, 2024
    80
    In "Mustangs," which asks, "Are you a mustang or a kitty?" Your desire to answer that question may or may not depend on how deeply you spark to the album. Yet, the lyric is playful, Pop Art-provocative, and speaks to the joy, sweat, and poetic inspiration coursing through all of Can We Please Have Fun.
  2. May 10, 2024
    80
    If you’re coming to Kings Of Leon expecting something experimental or anything really out of the ordinary, you’re a bit of a numpty (see also: Interpol, The Killers, &c.). But come to Can We Please Have Fun with an open mind and an open heart and you’ll find it’s more than worth a shot.
  3. Record Collector
    Jun 12, 2024
    80
    It all hangs together with ease, making for Kings Of Leon's most fun album since the Noughties. [Jun 2024, p.102]
  4. May 9, 2024
    78
    If you’re looking for tidy metaphors, you’ve got the wrong band. If it’s a brew of briny bass lines and funky dumb melodies that you seek, however, you’re seated at the right bar. Perhaps these tracks aren’t revelatory, but they’re worth reveling in.
  5. May 9, 2024
    70
    Not everything here lands, and at times the raucous performances can work against the songwriting, but when it connects, this album is ready to lay a haymaker on fans.
  6. May 13, 2024
    67
    Kings dial their usual bellow and wallow routine way down, while mustering just enough passion for the album’s occasional rock setpieces: “Hesitation Gen” and “Seen” are their most effective rippers in several albums.
  7. Mojo
    May 9, 2024
    60
    They do sound less corporate, more like their original idiosyncratic selves. [Jun 2024, p.90]

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