Can someone please remind me again why people like Kings of Leon? It might have been their first two albums of Strokes-meets-Lynyrd Skynyrd rock, or the fact that the three Followill brothers rebelled against their preacher dad by embracing the devil's music. But whatever got them here has long been left behind.
Their new disc, Only By The Night, picks up where their more experimental, U2-ish Because Of The Times left off, which, unfortunately, isn't a good thing.
For the most part the record is a sluggish mess of sweeping guitars and stoner-rock sounds, not unlike what you might hear at a high school talent show. Use Somebody is especially bland - picture Bono fronting that one-hit wonder foursome permeating your power rock station right now - while the louder tunes, like the INXS-copycat Crawl, aren't much better. Let's hope they straighten things out by their next record.
Kings of Leon play the Kool Haus November 7.