Kings of Leon create lighter, more relaxed sound on Mechanical Bull
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 22:09
Kings of Leon have pushed their music to new levels this time around with their new album “Mechanical Bull.” Well known for big time top 40 hits such as “Use Somebody” and “Sex On Fire,” the band has slightly deviated away from their boisterous and energetic persona for a more relaxed, lighter rock sound.
“Beautiful War” and “Wait For Me,” two of the album’s singles, as well as “Last Mile Home,” showcase more intricate melodies and up the musical skill level as compared to previous albums. Expressive guitar melodies accompanied with a steady percussive beat flows through each of the songs in the album as well as the rugged, crooning standout voice of the lead singer Caleb Followill. The songs prove to be more thoughtful ballads tugging at the ears and minds of listeners.
“Mechanical Bull” seems to mix sounds reminiscent of The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters and The Fray, but brings bits and pieces of each of these sounds together to maintain a style and musical identity that is uniquely classified as Kings of Leon. Although the band pulls together a new style for many of the songs in this album, they do not completely stray from their past roots. Songs on the album such as “Tonight,” “Don’t Matter” and “Coming Back Again” portray many of the band’s original stylistic norms with their classic upbeat rock sound that do not fail to impress.
Overall I was very surprised by this album. I was not expecting this stylistic change from the band and was anticipating songs that would be more of an echo of past albums. There is no doubt that this surprise from the Kings of Leon was a pleasant one. The band did a fantastic job with making “Mechanical Bull” an album that showed increased musical maturity as a group as well as exploring and expanding their range as performers. It’s as if this album is a coming-of-age story for the group and acts as sneak preview to future musical endeavors as well. The album is creative, reaching new artistic levels, but still has songs that resemble the classic Kings of Leon that will always placate their fan base. What I hope is that this new album of exploration will make Kings of Leon adventure even more and continue to thrive in the musical world. This group definitely has impressed and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.