Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull {Deluxe Edition} (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull {Deluxe Edition} (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:46 minutes | 706 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: | Digital booklet | © RCA Records

Kings of Leon are fresh off three acclaimed headlining performances at American festivals, Bottle Rock in Napa, CA, Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL, and, most recently, this past weekend’s Governor’s Ball in New York City, during which the festival cancelled the band’s Friday night performance due to Tropical Storm Andrea. The band, upset over the cancellation, worked through the night with festival organizers and management to figure out a way to come back on Saturday. The festival found a place for them on the main stage right before the Saturday headliner, during which the fans were treated to the live premiere of Mechanical Bull’s first single, “Supersoaker”.

Kings of Leon hit it big in 2008 with their album Only by the Night and the accompanying one-two punch of singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” The success of those singles propelled them into the upper echelon of arena rock bands and found them at a crossroads between the post-punk-influenced sound of their previous albums and the anthemic, U2-influenced approach that they’d begun to explore on Only by the Night. Perhaps not surprisingly, the band’s follow-up, 2010’s Come Around Sundown, while by no means a disappointment, seemed strained, as if the band was trying too hard to balance its early sound with its later hits, all while digging even deeper into its Southern roots. Which is partly why the band’s sixth studio album, 2013’s Mechanical Bull, comes as sweet relief. While still retaining Kings of Leon’s penchant toward bombastic, hooky choruses and driving guitars, Mechanical Bull feels breezier and less labored than Come Around Sundown. Even the title feels like a cheeky double entendre that references both the band’s Southern upbringing (lead singer Caleb Followill and his bandmate siblings were raised in Oklahoma and Tennessee) and the gear-like machinations of the rock industry. Front-loading an album with the leadoff single can often be a sign of weakness in a release, but not in this case. Kicking off with the passionate “Supersoaker” merely sets the tone for this album. In fact, two of the best cuts come midway through, with the yearning “Wait for Me” and the bluesy, Primal Scream-esque “Family Tree.” Elsewhere, “Rock City” brings a heavy Mott the Hoople vibe to the fore and the raging “Coming Back Again” finds the band delving into War-era U2. Having grabbed their career by the horns with Mechanical Bull, it’s clear that Kings of Leon aren’t letting it get away from them anytime soon.

01 – Supersoaker
02 – Rock City
03 – Don’t Matter
04 – Beautiful War
05 – Temple
06 – Wait for Me
07 – Family Tree
08 – Comeback Story
09 – Tonight
10 – Coming Back Again
11 – On the Chin
12 – Work On Me
13 – Last Mile Home


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