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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the rock band was produced by Markus Dravs.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Magnet
    Nov 16, 2016
    85
    Walls could be their portal to lingering greatness. [No. 137, p.57]
  2. Oct 13, 2016
    80
    Ultimately, with WALLS, Kings of Leon have struck a nice balance between the garage band passion of their early work, and the large scale bombast that made them stars.
  3. 67
    Musically, WALLS isn’t some adventurous left turn towards krautrock or no wave. Rather, it’s KOL’s most unified, solid, and direct album since Aha Shake Heartbreak, its arc owing to time-tested AOR more than anything else.
  4. Oct 13, 2016
    60
    No wheels are being reinvented here, but while much of Walls marks a return to the Kings sound of eight years ago, there is some experimentation.
  5. Oct 17, 2016
    60
    This, then, is a big, expansive, commercial album, its hair shorn and occasionally gelled into directional styles, but one keen to bare its soul.
  6. Oct 14, 2016
    50
    WALLS sounds safe and comfortable. The songs coast along with a mellow fluidity that serves to establish a decidedly mature, if complacent, sound.
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    30
    Even by the standards of the arena-pop hit-chasers they've become, and not the down-and-dirty guitar band they once were, WALLS is a grating, overly slick disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Oct 14, 2016
    10
    Após três anos se passarem desde Mechanical Bull, os agora adultos de Nashville estão mais que prontos para retornar com o peito inflado eApós três anos se passarem desde Mechanical Bull, os agora adultos de Nashville estão mais que prontos para retornar com o peito inflado e cantar sobre o amor. Em se tratando de gênero e estilo adotado na obra, WALLS se parece muito com a jovialidade apresentada no álbum de 2013, que somente o amor pode proporcionar, mas ao mesmo tempo se distancia por ter uma temática bem distinta. WALLS não é um álbum tradicional de rock, e nem foi feito pra ser dessa forma, tampouco não é um álbum que irá permanecer na mídia por longos tempos, WALLS é simplesmente um álbum para ser escutado em horas mais oportunas. Algumas melodias soam velhas e ao mesmo tempo atuais, essa contradição gerada e estabelecida pelo álbum é a parte que muito impressiona no conjunto. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2017
    8
    Any band that gets to album number 7 in the 21st century deservers a pat on the back. KOL's output has been patch over the since theAny band that gets to album number 7 in the 21st century deservers a pat on the back. KOL's output has been patch over the since the commercial but in my opinion highly enjoyable "Only By The Night". Subsequent albums "Come Around Sundown" and "Mechanical Bull" had decent moments but both were heavily watered down and almost rock by numbers. The cynics will bundle "WALLS" into the same category but I think that is a tad unfair. "Walls" has got the hooks and the atmosphere that has been missing in recent years. It's also the bands most consistent record from start to finish since the aforementioned "Only By The Night". The quality drops a little towards the end as the tempo drops but the songwriting on "WALLS" is the best the band have come up with in quite some time. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2016
    8
    While not a complete reinvention of their style, WALLS finds a much more consistent and focused Kings of Leon than we have seen before, theWhile not a complete reinvention of their style, WALLS finds a much more consistent and focused Kings of Leon than we have seen before, the result of which is their most mature album yet.

    In recruiting producer Markus Dravs, the album finds a much glossier production than we are accustomed to seeing from the Kings. This extra layer of sound both enhances and detracts from the band, certain to ruffle the feathers of some loyal listeners, but where Dravs has really succeed is in pushing the band to find the heart of every song. Each song has its own purpose, its own sound, something that is even more impressive when you notice the surprising amount of cohesion in the album. WALLS flows from beginning to end, hitting its high peaks and emotional valleys with a sense of ease. While their past two efforts have seen the band on autopilot, here we find them climbing into the driver's seat and taking us for a journey.

    WALLS isn't going to change the face of music or galvanize its listeners like earlier efforts from the Kings, but if this is the first step in a new era for the band, as they claim it is, then we can expect great things to come.
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  4. Oct 16, 2016
    7
    before this album, they keep going downhill. but i think after WALLS, they are on the track after dowhill's at rollercoster. just my opinion.before this album, they keep going downhill. but i think after WALLS, they are on the track after dowhill's at rollercoster. just my opinion. adding to speak on this album every track of this album was OVERPRODUCED. especially no.1, 3, 5, 6, 7. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2016
    6
    WALLS is not a bad album. It's just not a great one either... Most of the songs are forgettable with the exception of a few songs. Waste aWALLS is not a bad album. It's just not a great one either... Most of the songs are forgettable with the exception of a few songs. Waste a moment is a decent track but would be considered one of the lesser songs on previous KoL albums. Around The World is a fun little song, but what saves this album from being a flop is the song Find Me. Find Me is without a doubt the most memorable song on this album. The biggest disappointment is the song WALLS though. It feels like a failed second attempt of Come Around Sundown's Back Down South (which was a very cool acoustic tune), and turned it into a **** acoustic ballad. Musically this album is pretty solid, however the songs are forgettable. Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2016
    5
    I really liked KOLs Mechanical Bull not everyone liked it but it had its moments. Now it's 2016 and with KOLs WALLS they have this newI really liked KOLs Mechanical Bull not everyone liked it but it had its moments. Now it's 2016 and with KOLs WALLS they have this new producer which I think was a bad move. He obviously doesn't know what KOL are. This sounded like a horrible, lazy money grabber. e.g. first song sounds like Supersoaker. I don't think Caleb or this new guy gave a s**t and neither do I. RIP KOL 2003-2013 Expand
  7. Oct 17, 2016
    0
    I once used to love this band, and also bought every album from the very beginning, but... since the release of Come around sundown, theyI once used to love this band, and also bought every album from the very beginning, but... since the release of Come around sundown, they changed the way of their sound and the way they perform as a band, I couldn't get used to it at first. While come around sundown was at least ok, since there were only 4 or 5 good songs on it, their upcoming album "mechanical bull" was a waste of money and time. And WALLS sounds like a **** B-Side of Mechanical bull. Almost the same synths, just boring songs, overproduced and without any memorable message or refrain or anything else. That's sad... not a single band I used to hear for decades has **** up that much in 2016 as KoL did with this one. Not even Biffy Clyro, and their last "masterpiece" is also as boring as not memorable.
    Just buy this, if you are a hardcore fan. For me the greatest disappointment in 2016 so far. :(
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