A Great Change.

A few short weeks ago, something massive happened. Something has changed.

No, I’m not talking about Obama*, but about something nowhere near as important.


The Kings of Leon – those wonderful brothers/cousins/sons of a United Pentecostal evangelist who grew up on the road between Oklahoma City and Memphis – released their forth album, Only By The Night, to critical acclaim. Don’t you love that phrase?

But…but…after the huge first hit single, “Sex on Fire”, they’ve now released their second, “Use Somebody”. And while listening to it, something occurred to me. Kings of Leon have gone rock. Proper rock. From their initial slightly alternative, slightly rockabilly, and mainly catchy-but-weird beginnings, Kings of Leon are now churning out anthemic, lighters-in-the-air four minute mini-epics. Somewhere between U2 and Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon have managed to claw themselves a nice little piece of land, and combined with Caleb Followill’s wonderful voice (listen for the vocal turn on the phrase “use somebody”), I like them even more.

And isn’t that the pinnacle for any artist?

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

Off in the night,
While you live it up, I’m off to sleep
Waging war to shake the poet and the beat

Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

www: Kings of Leon

* For the record – the man can talk the talk. I just hope that he’s ready, willing, able and allowed to walk the walk.

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