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Kings of Leon – ‘When You See Yourself’ Album Review

Tennessee-bred quartet draw up eighth studio album that replaces swagger for subtlety that strengthens over time.

Reprising their roles as emphatic titans in the rock music industry, they have returned from their 2016 album, WALLS with their eighth release, When You See Yourself in early March of 2021. With less temper and angst to it than most other records compared to Find Me and Waste a Moment on their previous, it is ultimately fashioned with progressive playing, delicate sentiment and glossy productive finish.

Unfortunately – while this record is a blissful listen – it carries itself with not a lot of substance. Whilst dirty guitar hooks are present in pre-single, The Bandit and halfway-down-the-list Stormy Weather, the album soon becomes lost in itself and an intermingling of songs folding into one another seems to happen. For a while, while listening to this album, I did seem to forget where I was, who I was listening to and would often take a step back and play the record again. Nevertheless, it is still a confident and mature direction from the rock quartet that no doubt stamps their mark on their triumphs they have had throughout the years they’ve been active.

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For Kings of Leon, their legacy drives a hard bargain and majorly wins over your opinion for such a delicate studio album.

While it does seem to lose itself on rare occasions, it is a blissful listen with its glossy textures, playful guitar song-writing and exact ambiguity that was present on some of their first records like Because of the Times and Come Around Sundown.

Favourites from the 11-track selection include When You See Yourself, Are You Far Away, A Wave and Golden Restless Age.

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6 replies on “Kings of Leon – ‘When You See Yourself’ Album Review”

I totally agree with you on this review. I guess the album is ok and it got a couple of decent tracks but overall, it is kind of uninspiring.

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Nice review. Haven’t got round to listening to this yet and I guess it doesn’t feel like a priority. I’ll get round to it one day. I loved their first two albums, but from there I found it all less and less inspiring, save for a few select tracks on each record. I once bumped into Caleb Followill in a record store in Nashville. I actually re-bought ‘Youth and Young Manhood’ so that he could sign it. When I eventually sold off my collection, that was one of maybe a hundred albums that I sent to my sister for safekeeping. Can’t beat ‘Joe’s Head’ and ‘Red Morning Light’.

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Yeah their first two were definitely the best. You’re kind of right though, suppose that happens to a lot of band, their original style and ideas fizzle out and so their songwriting becomes weaker? Idk, one of those personal thoughts again with it all, but it’s a comforting album – about all there is to it!

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I think they’re exceptionally talented but somehow I felt the music just lost its edge. They’ve moved into a very “comfortable”territory is the best way I can describe it. So you’re on the money with “comforting”. But still love his voice and enjoy the occasional track. Back Down South for example is wonderful.

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