If you know anything about the Followill’s journey, you know that this family has had its share of troubles while struggling to keep their band, Kings of Leon, a cohesive and functioning unit. Despite their problems, KoL has once again struck gold with their latest album Mechanical Bull. After three years of patient anticipation and maybe some slight anxiety, the brothers are clearly back in full swing. For fans of their album, Come Around Sundown, this will especially be up your alley.
Surprisingly enough, most of the album strays from the style of the single Supersoaker that dropped earlier this year. Don’t worry though, if it’s Supersoaker you’re into, KoL hasn’t lost touch with their guitar-laden, fast-paced jams (Don’t Matter and Coming Back Again). There are also the classic southern-rock anthems you might expect from these guys like Work On Me, Last Mile Home, Rock City, and Tonight. Those get back to the band’s roots, echoing tracks like Fans (from 2007’s Because of the Times) and Revelry (from 2008’s Only By The Night). The boys get a little bit funkier on the song Family Tree. Although a bit out of character for them, their experimenting pays off, creating a groovy song that broadens their musical horizon. Listeners are brought back down to earth with the ballad On the Chin and then slowed down even more on Beautiful War.
Perhaps the two most intriguing tracks on the album are Comeback Story and Wait for Me.
There is little doubt that the lyrics to Comeback Story touch on the band’s behind the scenes hardships. Leading man, Caleb Followill, starts with “Picking up the pieces of the world I know…” then later “The bright of the lights, they’re burning me out.” Could this be an account of his battle with the rock and roll lifestyle? I think you know the answer. The song pushes forward, proving to the audience that these men are alright. In fact, they’re tighter than ever.
Wait for Me dives deeper into Kings of Leon, similar to the way Closer on Only By The Night does. It reveals a softer, sensitive sign. And I approve! Possibly about the revelation to take life in a different direction, Wait for Me beautifully proclaims Kings of Leon’s new beginning.