Kings Of Leon have come a long way from the garageland days of Youth & Young Manhood.
The Texan siblings’ fourth studio LP Only By Night (2008) propelled them to global stardom and they remain a big draw in this part of the world, with their most recent album Mechanical Bull (2014) topping the charts here.
While the rawness of those first recordings are sadly missed, their latest album Walls is their most accomplished collection of stadium shakers yet. The punchy first single Waste A Moment and the U2-ish Over show that they haven’t lost their knack for catchy anthems, while there is more relaxed feel to jangly rockers like Around The World and Eyes On Your, and slower numbers such as Latin-flavoured Muchacho and the elegant title track that closes the album.
Walls may mark another step away from the Followill brothers’ southern rock roots, but they now sound a lot more comfortable in their skin.